The item arrived earlier than i expected based on reviews and i'm glad i ordered it during the winter to give myself time to get used to it all. The instructions weren't included (they've been busy!!) but a link was provided for me immediately. Customer service is some of the best I've ever dealt with, and they care a great deal about their products. Here's the rub. If you have never done this, the instructions are a little incomplete. Read the book first and you'll find all sorts of information about the frames. Tung oil is included, but if you're a noob, it's only for the outside, not the inside. No information is on the instructions, but i looked that up. There's also no mention of wire, so....looked that up too. Fine gauge stainless steel wire is what everyone calls for, though i can't see why fishing line won't work just as well. So read the book first and be prepared for a little more time, effort and money than the instructions call for. I got the upgraded vented jacket and it looks like it'll work great at keeping me safe from stings when the time comes, and all the other accessories look just fine. Overall, it was a good, interesting experience!
Deep Hive Starter Kit is a quality set, sure to get this novice beekeeper off to a good start.
I haven't yet built it, but everything is great. The supplies are of excellent quality. The hive itself is a work of art, and very well built, worth the price.
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Sugar Pine is our value wood option. Beautiful, strong, takes paint or sealant well, and is more stable and lighter than more common ponderosa pine.
Western Red Cedar is our premium wood option. It is rot resistant, dimensionally stable, insulates well, and doesn't require painting or sealing.
All of our wood is sustainably harvested and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified.