Warre Hive Starter Kit

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  • Everything you need to get started with your first Warre Hive, conveniently bundled together. The Warre hive starter kit is made up of our most popular Warre hive configuration, as well as the items most frequently purchased along with it by new beekeepers. Buying this kit saves you at least $40 off the items purchased separately. The Warre Hive, beekeeping starter kit, Natural Beekeeping with the Warre Hive book, and tung oil can also be purchased individually if you don't need the whole kit.

    Includes (All components pre-drilled)

    • Roof 
    • Quilt box with canvas quilt
    • Extra canvas to go between quilt box and top bars
    • 2 Warre boxes with windows
    • 16 one piece top bars with wedge comb guides
    • Standard screened bottom with closable insert and milled feet to further elevate the hive
    • 1 bag of shredded cedar to fill the quilt box
    • Screws
    • Assembly diagram
    • Starter kit with gloves, stainless steel American smoker, veil, brush, and Ultimate Top Bar Hive Tool
    • Natural Beekeeping with the Warre Hive book
    • Tung oil


    • Upgrade the veil to a full jacket or full ventilated jacket

    Tools required (Unassembled version only)

    • Drill or screwdriver Stapler (for attaching burlap to quilt box)
    • Approximate assembly time: 45 minutes

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  • Jacket Sizing

    Small: 36"-38" chest (Fits most people 5'0"-5'7", 110-145lb)

    Medium: 40"-42" chest (Fits most people 5'5"-5-9", 135-165lb)

    Large: 44"-46" chest (Fits most people 5'8"-6'1", 155-200lb)

    Extra Large: 48"-50" chest (Fits most people 6'0"-6'5", 200-250lb)

    Jackets should not fit snugly. You will want some room inside the jacket should a honey bee end up inside with you! 

    Glove Sizing

    Gloves size is determined by measuring across the knuckles, not including the thumb (I.E. the widest point of the palm). You want your gloves to fit snugly as the leather will stretch slightly over time.

    2 1/2" - 2 3/4" Extra Small

    3" - 3 1/8" Small

    3 1/4" - 3 5/8" Medium

    3 3/4" - 4" Large

    4 1/4" - 4 1/2" Extra Large


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Eric S.

    Everything seems to fit and

    Everything seems to fit and all the parts I ordered have arrived safely.

    John G.

      Easy to assemble, only minor

      Easy to assemble, only minor planing to do at the joints.

      Brooks T.

        We have not put it

        We have not put it together yet but we have used tool in the shipment and they work great. The jacket is fantastic.

        Diane B.

          Really beautifully made. Bees installed

          Really beautifully made. Bees installed and very happy! Wish a feeder level was included. Had to make one ourselves with cedar. Otherwise excellent!

          Jami H.

            We love our Warre -

            We love our Warre - and our bees do, too! It is the most attractive design out there. We enjoy seeing our beautiful cedar hive in our yard each day. The windows in each box were worth every extra penny. I love being able to check on our bees progress without disturbing the hive in too drastic a fashion. Thanks, beethinking! I am recommending your hive (and beekeeping!) to every one I know! :)

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