Beekeeping Equipment

The kind of beekeeper you decide to be, will influence the beekeeping equipment you choose, but there are some things you’ll certainly need. If you are just starting beekeeping for the first time, you may feel you require more tools and equipment than if you were an established and confident beekeeper. 

Obviously, you are going to want your bee hive. I have a few tips you may want to read before you purchase. See my link Bee Hives For Sale. There are also a number of different types of honey bee hives available. Then again, if you fancy building your own, check out my free downloadable bee hive plans. You’ll at least need beekeeper's gloves, hat and veil, but you could go for a full bee suit.  Established beekeepers sometimes improvise with equipment if they know their bees. 

Although some beekeepers are able to approach and handle their bees and honey combs with little clothing protection, it is probably not recommended for the beginner. You may think you’ll be able to keep calm, but the reality might be different when you actually start handling the bees, and they land on your skin. Later, once you have got to know your bees, and are sure you feel calm and confident with them, then at that point you may decide to wear less protective clothing - but maybe not!

Beekeeping equipment can be very expensive, and the cost can be off putting. Think carefully before you invest, and shop around.

Here are some things you might need:

A ‘hive tool’ – this is a tool designed for a variety of jobs. It can be used to clean hives and assist in the separating of frames. It has a sharp, hooked edge.

A smoker – using a smoker is meant to calm the bees – strange as it may seem, by inducing s stress response in the bees. You could minimise the need to use this technique by trying out icing sugar (or powdered sugar if you are in the USA) in a puffer instead, at least in some circumstances. Check out the short video below illustratng the method of icing sugar (powdered sugar) in a puffer: (oh, and check out my page featuring other beekeeping videos - there is a great little video about 'pocket tools', including a puffer for icing sugar!):

If you will be using a conventional hive (such as a National or a WBC hive), then you will also need a range of beekeeping equipment such as:


foundation wax,


bee escapes,

queen excluders,

bottling equipment,

centrifugal extractor,

landing board,

...and so on.

As I said, there are resources on this site – including free downloadable bee hive plans that are particularly suitable for those wishing to follow the Natural Beekeeping route. These plans are for a Top Bar Hives. Of course, building your own bee hive could reduce your financial outlay.

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