Starter hive: Base, two window boxes, 20 frames, quilt, roof $300
Starter plus: Base, two window boxes, 20 frames, quilt, roof, stand, installation help in Southern New Hampshire area $350
Full hive: Base, four window boxes, 40 frames, quilt, roof $450
Deluxe hive: Base, four window boxes, 40 frames, quilt, roof, stand, installation help in Southern New Hampshire area $500
Window box with 10 assembled frames $80
Window box without assembled frames $50
10 assembled frames $30
Kit of 10 unassembled frames $20
Slide-out screen base $50
Stand with concrete block foundation $50
Stand without foundation $25
Hive body boxes stack on top of base. The quilt rests on the top box, tucked under the roof. A gap between the sides of the top box and the roof provides ventilation through the quilt.
Window covers are conveniently hinged. The window is of durable plastic, providing many years of service. The view into the hive is limited but reveal information that is particularly important during winter, such as the location of the colony and a rough idea of remaining food stores. all without opening the hive and releasing its heat and scent.
Unique to the Bee Home Homestead Hive, the base features a slide-out screen, which is convenient for cleaning, especially in early Spring. There is no need to move the body boxes for cleaning. There is also space to insert a panel under the screen, although this is generally not needed.
The quilt fits between the top hive body box and the roof. It helps to absorb moisture from inside the hive, and to provide insulation for temperature control. The quilt is half-filled with sawdust, dried leaves, or other natural material. Features unique to the Farmstead Hive from Bee Home include a screen covering the quilt cloth, attached to the quilt for convenience, and ventilation holes protected by wire screen and cloth to keep pests out. The screen over the bottom cloth prevents the bees from chewing through the cloth, and it prevents the cloth from being completely attached to the top box by propolis that the bees create to seal and sterilize their hive.