Drayton Hive, assembled (collected or delivered) - AVAILABLE MID OCTOBER

Drayton Hive, assembled (collected or delivered) - AVAILABLE MID OCTOBER
Price: £750.00
Ex VAT: £625.00
Product Code: H0010
Size (L x W x H): 750.00mm x 460.00mm x 999.99mm
Availability: In Stock

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This new hive lends itself to environmental, relaxing and educational beekeeping.

No heavy lifting, no foundation, ample room for the bees and an aesthetic feature for the garden.


  • 47mm thick insulated walls, insulation is dry wood shavings between 12mm marine ply and tongue & groove pine boards.
  • double ‘glazed’ polycarbonate viewing window
  • hinged floor that drops away and can be secured by toggle fasteners.
  • steel frame runners,
  • stiff hessian cover cloth with feeding flap, topped by two linen scrim insulated cushions with velcro fastening so shavings can be replaced.
  • Complete with dummy board, foundationless frames, excluder and circular clearer board.
  • Stained and finished with a clear, high gloss exterior varnish.

Below is some text from the inventor.

This hybrid combines a number of established principles to simplify aspects of conventional practice and make the joy of beekeeping accessible to people who don’t have either the time or inclination to invest in intensive management and equipment.

Its designer began keeping bees in 1979 but all the lifting involved seriously damaged his back. So he wanted a hive that avoided that problem; he also wanted to produce honey without the need for a mechanical extractor and to free his shed from piles of supers. What is now called the Drayton Hive consists of 18 12x14 foundationless Hoffman frames arranged horizontally in a heavily insulated body, with a floor that drops down for cleaning and monitoring varroa.

During the Spring and Summer the cluster is confined to frames at the front of the hive by a vertical queen excluder through which the colony can expand, filling the frames at the back with honey. They can be removed, a frame at a time, for extraction by manually crushing the comb into a strainer over a honey tank. Soft, new wax is a useful by-product of the process. During the Autumn and Winter the excluder is replaced by a division board behind which the frames, now clear of both wax and honey, are stored.

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