A better, stronger, sturdier hive with little-to-no maintenance is needed so that a beekeeper can focus on the bees and honey production. Eco Bee Box supplies parts to repair, enhance, and replace equipment. We strive to continue to advance through education, practice, and research.
Problem #1: Hive boxes are prone to failure
A frustrating feature of the current finger-joint box is that each manufacturer has different specifications. It is difficult and impractical to take used panels from one old box and use them to repair another broken box. Additionally, shrinkage of lumber after the panels are assembled can cause the assembler of the box severe frustration when box joints don’t fit. Panels are constantly acclimating to moisture and heat conditions. Panels can warp or cup, and they can split and shrink prior to and after assembly, causing overwhelming stress. Once assembled lumber continues to change which causes stress cracks and eventual break down.
Solution: ECO BEE BOX's CORNER BRACKET
Our bracket solves these problems and allows a beekeeper to spend less time and money handling the boxes and more time caring for the bees. Currently two styles are available: one for new construction and the other for repairs on traditional corners (called repair caps).
Problem #2: Paint conflicts with interior & exterior
Paint can cause harm. Lead paints were widely used over the last century, but are now mostly abandoned. Latex paints are laced with fungicides. Paints all have some degree of toxins. The older the box, the higher the likelihood is that more toxins will exist. Beehive supers are exposed to exterior elements and high humidity within. Paints eventually fail, requiring the beekeeper to sand and repaint. Respirators are needed as a safety measure. Paint can be costly and difficult to apply once bees occupy the hive.
Solution: ECO BEE BOX's BECKS BEES WAX
Our Beck’s Bee Wax is all natural and can be used to waterproof and preserve your beehives, enhancing the natural wood look while allowing them to breathe, and it even doubles as a lotion and lip balm for personal use.
Problem #3: Sustainability
When problems occur with the woodenware too often the box is discarded, and the frame rest is an especially damage prone area of the Langstroth beehive. Broken rabbets are a common issue. Beekeepers will accidentally pry frames loose, or mismanage them, and the 3/8" pine rabbet breaks. Beekeepers may attempt to create a replacement from wood and find that a sturdy replacement is elusive.
Solution: ECO BEE BOX's ALUMINUM REPLACEMENT RABBETS
Our replacement rabbets are durable, reusable, and can be used to repair broken rabbets or to prevent breakage on both new and old boxes, extending the life of the equipment.
Problem #4: Inability to recover from hive failure
Sadly most beekeepers are unaware of how to raise a queen bee. Honey bees have existed for about 95 million years and have systems in place to correct queen issues when they occur. If a colony goes without a queen for too long, laying workers can take over causing much grief and potentially total failure. Accidentally injuring your queen or killing queen cells can end your beekeeping season.
Solution: ECO BEE BOX's MINI URBAN BEEHIVE
Our Mini Urban Beehive is ideal for raising queens, storing queens, making splits, producing comb honey, learning beekeeping, and more.
Problem #5: Disease with current practices
Honeybees naturally live in trees. They build until the space is full or until a threat occurs, and then either abscond or swarm. A natural defense in the bee's makeup is to divide or move. The Langstroth system typically consists of 2 brood boxes with honey supers on top. The common practice is that the first 2 boxes are for the bees to overwinter in; the honey supers come off and supply the beekeeper with extractable honey. In fall beekeepers remove the honey supers and force the bees down into the oldest, most infected comb in the hive. Bees are regularly disinfecting their hive with propolis, including polishing cells until they are black. The practice of letting comb get dark because it is "too costly" for the bees to reproduce is silly. Bees have a need to produce beeswax and want to be on newer comb.
Solution: ECO BEE BOX's COMB BOX / BROOD BOX
Our comb box allows for easy and simple recycling of comb so the bees can raise their brood on clean, disease free, comb. Additionally our comb box makes honey harvesting easy and comb honey simple to produce. It pairs well with our Mini Urban Beehive for raising splits, queens, etc.
Problem #6: Equipment exists that is not compatible
Langstroth hives, Top-Bar, Warré, WBC, and so on, are all different systems that are not compatible with each other. Frames from one system do not harmonize well with the others.
Solution: ECO BEE BOX's MINI FRAMES
Our mini frames fit all systems. The mini frames can be zip tied into standard Langstroth frames, on top-bars, etc, allowing resources such as bees and brood from one system to be transferred to other systems.