Bee Equipment Essentials by Ed Simon

Bee Equipment Essentials by Ed Simon


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This How-to-do-it approach to building bee equipment provides a clear plan to make your own bee equipment. Even if you never build bee equipment, this book will help you understand how to assemble and use many useful beekeeping tools. Build your own hive stands, bottom boards, entrance reducers, hive bodies, inner covers, telescoping covers and feeders. Build a variety of nucleus hives. Or build your own top bar hive. Build frames and bars for queen production, and make a Cloake Board. Make your own honey extractor and tools to help you process honey. Capture swarms with devices you build from inexpensive equipment. Build these items from materials you ‘recycle’ in a dumpster dive; enjoy building things you never dreamed you needed, like jigs, that hold equipment together during assembly. Build a solar wax extractor and harvest the wax found in wax scraps and old combs.


There is something in this book for you whether you are a new beekeeper or an ‘Old Smoke’ –Sheldon Schwitek, Kalamazoo, MI

About the Author

Ed Simon is a retired programmer and instructor from the IBM Corporation. He has kept bees for five years. He has had articles published in Bee Culture Magazine on construction of hive materials. He lives and keeps bees in Oronoco, Minnesota.

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Weight 1.3 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 12 × 1 in


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