TechnosetBee® Plastic Bee Hives – The Better Bee Hive

Are you looking for a better way of beekeeping?

Are you always searching to improve the way you do things?

Are you committed to creating the best conditions for your bees to maximise productivity?

Is quality and performance important to you?

Does the idea of zero maintenance, ease of use and long-life appeal to you?

Did you try plastic bee hives but were disappointed with their high cost, in how they performed or had concerns about possible toxins?

Then TechnosetBee® bee hive products are for you.

Everything you need for the better bee hive.

Start bee keeping the better way with a TechnosetBee® Bee Hive from Castle Inman, even have a fully working hive delivered to you.

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For many years beekeepers had to be satisfied with using wooden (pine) bee hives that they had to assemble, glue, nail, wax dip (or wood preserve in some other way) and finally paint. This, as you can image, took beekeepers considerable time and if wood preserving, considerable logistics to arrange as hot wax dipping is not something to be tackled by the faint hearted.

The above makes BQUAL Organic certification virtually impossible as you are not dealing with food grade materials.  So, if planning on selling or giving away your honey it must meet food handling and safety standards.  This is even more applicable if thinking export to: USA, EU, UK and Canada.  Australia has in my opinion the best purest honey in the world, do your part in keeping it that way.

Naturally, beekeepers pushed industry to provide a more practical solution to their needs / problems. As a result, various plastic and polystyrene manufacturers around the globe have produced an assortment of bee hives, many of which are still in use as are wooden hives.

Why choose TechnosetBee® over other hive types –

TechnosetBee® hives have a unique twin walled polypropylene skin design, providing better protection for the bees and makes for a stronger, more durable bee hive.  They are 100% compatible with other existing hive types (wood and plastic) since they are manufactured to standard Langstroth dimensions.  The hive system is not low maintenance but rather NO maintenance as they don’t rot, sweat, develop mildew, warp, split, or crack,

They are the most cost-effective product currently available saving the beekeeper both real time and money.  The hive system provides a holistic approach to beekeeping as it empowers the beekeeper to decide which hive parts available best suit his application and climate.  Accessories, such as; pollen trap, queen excluder, propolis excluder, feeder, escape board, vented and non-vented bases are available.  TechnosetBee® bee hives and their accessories are 100% BPA Free food grade virgin plastic

The Ghost of Di Fisher tells me that the best thing of all, is that a range of colours are available, no red (bees can’t see red) or black (too hot in Summer) Plus order enough and your unique Australia colour can be made.

TechnosetBee® bee hives are in wide use around the world both commercially and by the backyard beekeeper alike.  You don’t need to go with the flow, complete TechnosetBee hive colonies can be delivered to you in the Greater Port Stephens area.

Complete Working Hives Available – Delivered Hassle Free

Why?

There is a strong case for having your own bees if involved in food production or love bees.  Why chance it with incomplete pollination for your: lemons, grapes, olives, nuts, pumpkins, strawberries stone fruits and many things that taste excellent?  Or eat some corn syrup, thickeners cocktail that might strip paint?  Let’s not forget about your roses either!

On site pollination means your bees are always working where you need them to be.  Technoset hives require minimal maintenance, immune from rodent attack and highly resistant to wasp attack.  Combine a hobby with an agricultural use.  Your honey, on your table, your family on your toast or on a nice piece of crumpet 😉 as well.  Castle Inman can collect, extract and return family needs of honey.  Have a lot hives and we will work out a deal.  You just need to register as a beekeeper in your State.

Technoset are 100% compatible with other existing hive types (wood and plastic) since they are manufactured to standard Langstroth dimensions.

Advantages

  1. The hive system is not low maintenance but rather NO maintenance as they don’t rot, sweat, develop mildew, warp, split, or crack.
  2. The wax moth caterpillars will not eat them as if they were ice cream.
  3. You are not handling, storing or using highly toxic wood preserving chemicals or paints.
  4. The variety of colours helps the bees navigate back to the right hive and in doing so reduces bee drift.
  5. Entrances are rodent proof.
  6. Entrances can be reduced if there is a risk of robbing from other bees. The entrances can be easily closed for transport.  Although I might argue that you’re not a true keeper until you have driven in a car with several hundred bees bashing at the windows trying to get out. Perhaps periodically venting through the windows when driving through the North Connex tunnel?
  7. They are the most cost-effective product currently available saving the beekeeper both real time and money.

The hive system provides a holistic approach to beekeeping as it empowers the beekeeper to decide which hive parts available best suit his/her/them application and climate.

What Are My Options?

I think having options in life is wonderful.  Despite permanent disabilities I choose to be positive about life.  Technoset Hives have options and here we must use some specialist bee terms.  When driving around or being chased by axe wielding zombies you will probably see collections of white painted wooden hives with a metal strap holding them together.

This image look like 8 frame hives, meaning 8 frames in each box.  In my opinion a lot more work and not in the slightest way more ‘natural’ than a Technoset hive.  If you want a natural hive, a tree hollow with hyper aggressive feral bees is 100% natural.  No one likes angry bees.

Your hive must have a standard base (vented or unvented) and a lid.  This might seem silly, but few would be shocked at just how many silly things I have done in life. The hives are ALL ten (10) frame ‘jumbo’ hives.

THINK ABOUT YOUR BACK.

A box of 10 full depth frames loaded with honey is pushing 40kg!  So, when pulling the hive down to inspect it, have a friend to help or partially remove frames to make to box lighter and safer.  Manual handling courses should be thought about and be considered.  No one’s back was ever ruined by going slow and steady

How heavy do I want my boxes to be?       Here you have three choices, lightest (Ideal), Medium (WSP – what it stands for I have no idea) and Heavy (Full depth).  A fully capped (full of honey) 10 frame ideal box with wooden frames is around 17.5kg.  This makes then a LOT easier to lift.  These are HALF the depth of a full-size frame, hence much lighter. To get the same honey storage capacity, add more boxes.  The latches need to be trimmed, but I have bolt cutters and a file for that and the latches are pre-fitted by me anyway.  The WSP frame is 75% the depth of a full frame so you are looking at 25 kg or thereabouts, still a dangerous lift.  Remember the old Kandos bags of cement?   They were 40kg a time.  The new pre-mix bags are 20kg and they still feel pretty heavy to me.  I must be getting old.

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What Are My Options?

Box 1

This the brood box.  The Queen lives here and this is the engine room of the hive.  Some honey and pollen might also be stored here.  This is also where the main lockable entrances are.  This box will usually have a Queen excluder between it and the next box.  You keep the Queen kept in this box with the Queen excluder, which also has a speedy entrance, as it makes robbing the hive and extracting the honey so much more efficient.

Box 2

This is the bees Winter store.  The best biggest mistake is to rob this box coming into Winter.  You can rotate frames through it, but leave it for the bees.

Box 3++

This is called the super(s).  Why I don’t know, they just are.  These are the ones from where you will rob your honey.  There are all sets of combinations.  You can do all ideals if you want to.  You can have full depth x 2 for brood and Winter honey, and all ideals for supers.  The bees don’t care, but it is easier for me to build your hive with a single full depth brood box.

TechnosetBee® One or Three Box Options- To you.

Not everyone has the time or the required level of insanity to do everything themselves.  There is a real power and majesty in just being able to get it done.

We are here to help.  A fully working Technoset Bee Hive can be delivered to your Greater Port Stephens home with just a few clicks and a two to three week wait.  Really quick if I have a hive on standby. 

The hive will be as above without the stand, as you probably don’t need it and I don’t use them either. 

What You Get

A new 10 frame full depth single box Technoset bee hive.

All new hardware, frames and Small Hive Beetle Control.

A new season Queen and at least 6 frames of house bees, more for the three box choice.

Visible brood, pollen and some honey on the frames.

A fitted Queen excluder.

Latches, hive tool (free) and lock gates.

Assistance, if needed, on registering as a beekeeper. 

DPI NSW Bee Agskills and Healthy Bees books, if getting bees.  Sometimes even I read the instructions.  Read these on-line (cheap) about a luring a swarm.  This is quite a bit cheaper in the run up to swarm season August – September.  See Doing it on the cheap.

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TechnosetBee® Plastic Bee Hives – Doing it on the Cheap!

You want to get into beekeeping, you have the PPE, have enough for the Technoset above, but that bit tight on the actual bees.  Panic NOT.  You can set up a lure hive.  The swarm season is not strictly limited to August – October. 

Bees will swarm at other times through Summer, especially if it’s an amazing year.  Let’s be real here, what year on the Barrington Coast isn’t amazing! 

A lure hive is just the same, but without bees.  In the place of bees either an adsorbent paper pad of lemongrass oil is put in or two swarm lure scent packs.  One is fully opened and wiped inside the hive and the other is just ‘cracked’ to sustain the scent.

Put the hive in an elevated position and cross your fingers.  I have caught swarms this way.

Another way is to join a bee club and offer to help a swarm collector.  This I have done as well.

For starter bare hive pricing see our pricing below. 

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(All prices below are for PORT STEPHENS RESIDENTS  - Please Contact Us first for pricing and delivery if you live outside of Port Stephens 

TechnosetBee Single Box

Do It on the Cheap Starter Hive – NO BEES

All new hardware, 10 frame jumbo, 10 full depth frames with foundation, lockable gates and a Queen excluder. 

$425 including GST with Free Delivery to the Port Stephens area. 

If you live outside of Port Stephens PLEASE CONTACT US FIRST

Can be shipped to other Australian locations except Western Australia.

TechnosetBee Single Box

Working Hive Starter – WITH Queen and Bees

All new hardware, 10 frame jumbo, 10 full depth frames with foundation, lockable gates and a Queen excluder. At least 6 frames of house and field bees.  A new season Queen, brood, pollen and honey present.  Agskills Books and hive tool.

$825 including GST with Free Delivery to the Port Stephens area. 

CANNOT be shipped to other locations PLEASE CONTACT US FIRST

TechnosetBee Three Box

Full Working Hive – WITH Queen and Bees

All new hardware, three box 10 frame jumbo, 30 full depth frames with foundation, lockable gates and a Queen excluder.  At least 9 frames of house and field bees.  A new season Queen, brood, pollen and honey present. Agskills Books and hive tool.

$1,250 including GST with Free Delivery to the Port Stephens area. 

CANNOT be shipped to other locations PLEASE CONTACT US FIRST

Hive Parts

(All prices below are for PORT STEPHENS RESIDENTS  - Please Contact Us first for pricing and delivery if you live outside of Port Stephens 

Additional Full Depth Boxes - $85 Incl GST

WSP Boxes - $80 Incl GST

Ideal Boxes - $75 Incl GST

Vented Base - $80 Incl GST

Lid - $75 Incl GST

Queen Excluder with entrance - $25 Incl GST

Diatomaceous Earth SHB Control - $25 Incl GST