Our woodenware

Since beginning as “hobby farmers,” we’ve had the very good fortune of getting to know lots of great people and establish excellent relationships throughout the industry. One of the oldest relationships we have is with our woodenware supplier and we couldn’t be happier to work with them to bring high-quality woodenware products to others throughout the entire Midwest!

All of our woodenware is manufactured right here in the USA by a service-disabled Veteran-owned small business. Each piece of woodenware is sourced from trees that are grown and harvested using Certified Sustainable Forestry Initiative practices (click here to learn more).

Using only premium grade Eastern White Pine from New Hampshire, our woodenware product line offers 8 and 10 frame equipment. We also have the ability to work with you on any custom pieces to better fit your individual beekeeping needs and preferences. Premium wood quality, strict grading procedures, and excellent, consistent fit are the key to our woodenware product line.

Only premium grade 3/4″ thick, kiln dried Eastern White Pine (EWP) is used in constructing all boxes and major components of our woodenware. In addition to EWP, we use 3/8″ CDX plywood in our inner and outer covers to ensure strength and durability. 

All of our peripheral parts; inners, outers, bottom boards, etc… are assembled with high quality exterior grade wood glue and stapled, nailed or screwed as indicated. Telescoping outer covers are capped with 26-gauge galvanized steel covers sourced from a sheet-metal shop just down the road from where our woodenware is manufactured. 

Non-chemically treated Eastern White Cedar, from Maine, helps make our landing boards more moisture and insect resistant than other woods.  

Whether you are a backyard beekeeper looking for a hive set up or two, side-liner growing your apiary, club looking for group purchases, or commercial producer replacing equipment by the pallet load, we hope you will consider us for your woodenware needs. 

Our woodenware grades

Most manufacturers use three grades; Clear/Select, Commercial, and Economy/Budget. Commercial grade woodenware is by far the most commonly used. Please call for Select and Economy grade availability and pricing information.

Our Select grade

Our Select grade will have no knots, blemishes or other wood imperfections.

Our Commercial grade

Our Commercial grade may include Red knots and/or occasional small, tight Black knots (pin knots). It may also include minor superficial wood blemishes. No knot will impact structural integrity, functionality, or durability of boxes or peripheral parts.

Our Economy grade

Our Economy grade boxes will include Red and Black knots, wood blemishes, and occasional sap pockets.

Information and tips

Woodenware: 8 Frame Equipment

Within the woodenware manufacturing world, 8 frame equipment is available in three common widths; 13 1/2", 13 3/4" and 14". We choose to use 14" width as our standard. That little extra space in the box allows for frame spacing, installation of many standard sized interior feeders and is compatible with the new Flow Hive design. If mixing 8 frame equipment from different manufacturers, we suggest you measure the outside dimension of your boxes before ordering to ensure proper fit.

Woodenware: Box Assembly Tips

All corner box joints are pre-drilled for assembly; we recommend a 1 3/4" 5d Ring Shank. In a short time, the bees will seal all the interior joints with propolis; which weatherproofs the joint and adds additional strength. We recommend Titebond II exterior wood glue for assembly.

Woodenware: Painting Tips

Painting exterior surfaces adds a personal touch to your hive and extends the useful life of the box. We suggest using a quality exterior grade primer followed by a coat of quality exterior grade color on outside surfaces only. White is the "traditional" hive color; however, it really is about personal preference. Latex, oil-based and acrylic paints, as well as urethane and oil finishes are all acceptable; however, ensure all boxes are finished and allowed to thoroughly dry before introducing bees into the hive (we recommend 2 to 3 weeks drying time).

Woodenware: Shipping/Assembly

We ship all boxes unassembled because it's the most cost effective. Should you choose for us to ship them assembled, give us a call and we'll be happy to give you a shipping quote.

Contact Us

We hope you enjoy browsing our website and even more so, that you let us know if there is anything you’re looking for that we might be able to help out with. We would love to hear from you!

9590 East 281st Street
Atlanta, IN 46031



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