A list of the most frequently asked questions (or what we would ask), and our answers of course. If you have a question and don't see it below, please email us or call us at (704) 978-8783.
I am a little confused about the different equipment choices. What do you suggest?
You can always contact us by phone or email to ask any questions you have, or to schedule a group or one-on-one Zoom meeting with us to go over the equipment components and discuss what might work best for you.
I want to place an order for equipment. Do you ship it to me, or can I also have it delivered?
If you are local, and live in the general Charlotte area (south Mecklenburg and all Union County), we deliver all equipment orders over $150 for free. If the order is less than $150, we charge a nominal delivery fee of $8.00 to cover any associated costs, like gas and travel time. Delivery to other areas outside of our delivery zone can be arranged , and we also offer pickup at our apiary in Monroe.
I'm not very handy, but do want to get bees and equipment. Do you assemble and paint equipment?
Yes. We assemble and paint equipment. We do suggest that you assemble your hive boxes (brood boxes and supers) to get the full beekeeping experience, but can understand why you might not want to build your wood frames and install the wax in them (if you do decide to use wood with wax). Frame assembly can be tricky, and we can work with you to assemble the frames for you while you assemble the boxes, but we can do everything for you if you are looking for a turnkey solution. And, plastic frames are also a good option, and a good cost-effective choice with no assembly required!
What's the difference between using wood with wax frames and plastic frames?
Both are good opions. Wood with wax frames have been used for decades, but plastic frames have become more popular over the past five or so years. It is now recommended that you change out your brood frame wax every three to four years, as the wax gets darker and there is more pesticide residue in the wax. Changing wax is extremely tedious and time-consuming, and my least favorite thing to do in beekeeping. And costly. Plastic frames can be reused, time and time again. They just need to be scraped, cleaned up, and a new thin coat of wax applied to them before re-use. Some beekeepers say that the bees don't take to plastic as easily as they do to wax, but if put into the hive with a slight coating of sugar syrup during the spring, they will build on it just as quickly as wax frames, especially if the hive was started with plastic frames. That's just this beekeeper's humble opinion.