Tapcomb® Wood Composite Six-Frame Hive

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    Whether you’re new to beekeeping or more experienced, Tapcomb's® complete beehive system is the easiest way to start collecting honey the bee-friendly way. Our system includes a brood box and honey super, as well as the real stars of the show — six patented, groundbreaking Tapcomb® frames, honey flows straight out the beehive and into your jar.

    You source the bees. We send the rest.

    Made of a high-quality, completely sustainable wood composite, a new Tapcomb® hive will look great in your backyard, on your rooftop, or in a garden. Thanks to our patented frames, harvesting honey has never been easier for the keeper and less stressful for the bees. Enjoy delicious fresh honey seemingly flowing automatically out from your Tapcomb® beehive and straight into your jar.

    To help prevent damage, your hive is shipped flat-packed, so it does need to be assembled. Most new tappers get their hive up in forty minutes or less. We provide a manual and online help if needed. Your bees will enjoy their high-quality home for years to come, and you'll enjoy their honey.

    Find out what makes a Tapcomb® system so special compared with other flow hive systems here

    Why should the cost of a honey flow hive system be so expensive? At Tapcomb® our aim was to design a new flow system that is unique, of high quality and friendly to the bees but something we could price in order to reach as many communities as possible. We think we have achieved this and we hope to create many more beekeepers in the future.

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    1. Brood box
    2. Tapcomb® super
    3. Scandi design hive roof
    4. 6 patented Tapcomb® frames
    5. 6 Tapcomb® honey harvest tubes
    6. One high-torque key
    7. One queen excluder
    8. One inner cover
    9. 8 standard Langstroth frames with comb guides
    10. One screen bottom board
    11. Our easy-to-follow manual
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    1. Brood Dimensions - 497 x 347 x 260mm
    2. Super Dimensions - 497 x 347 x 260mm
    3. Frame Dimensions - 482 x 51 x 247mm
    4. Weight - 60.8lbs
    5. Non-toxic, sustainable wood composite
    6. Super unassembled (flat pack)
    7. Brood box unassembled (flat pack)
    8. Super unassembled (flat pack)
    9. Fully assembled frames made of high-quality food grade plastic that's both BPS and BPA-free

No more hassle, no more mess.

If wearing head-to-toe gear is part of your A-game, go ahead and suit up, but you might be surprised at the effect tapping has on your beehive. Bees are much less likely to swarm. Hive checks and brood maintenance still need to be done, but overall, Tapcomb® makes keeping bees easier to jump into and more enjoyable to do.

How it works

Tapcomb's® unique system allows for honey extraction on tap while keeping the beeswax caps intact. This results in minimal disturbance to the bees.

All Tapcomb® hives come with a Queen excluder, this will stop your Queen from entering your hive super and laying any larvae in your Tapcomb® frames, we wouldn't want any bee juice to get in your delicious honey.

During harvest, the comb's cells split internally. This means each cell’s wax cap isn’t broken. Since the cells remain sealed, you won't lose any honey from leakage and bees aren't crushed or disturbed. Simply attach a honey flow harvest tube, insert our high-torque key and twist. Then step back for the most thrilling moment of the show.

Local honey. Flowing down the frame. Out of the beehive. And into your jar. 

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A beeswax first approach

70% beeswax to create a Tapcomb hive

At Tapcomb® we knew that beeswax was incredibly important to the health of the beehive, that's why we designed our frames to incorporate as much beeswax as possible. Tapcomb® really raises the bar. Our frames are only 30% complete; bees build the other 70% with their own wax. 

Beeswax is essential in the curing of honey, nectar in its purest form is 80% water, bees will use their wings to fan air over the cells until much of the water evaporates. Beeswax has also been found to aid communication within the hive.

Making wax combs is part of the lifecycle of a worker bee and something they are quite literally born to do.

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A build material that's better than wood and more durable than plastic

We decided every Tapcomb® beehive needed to be made from something that was not only sustainable, but had practical benefits, as well. The wood composite material is derived from leftover wood chips and flour from mills, this is then combined with recycled plastic to make a high-quality product.

Our special wood composite material comprises of 70% wood and 30% plastic, which makes for a strong, durable, recyclable material. Best of all, no new tree will ever be chopped down to manufacture a Tapcomb® beehive.

Thanks to Tapcomb's® new wood composite, there's no need to treat your beehives beforehand, you'll get significantly less warping than you'd get with traditional wood, meaning less maintenance on a beehive built to hold its shape for years to come. Wood composite is also less susceptible to fungal attack, decay and rot. Ideal for locations with a lot of wet weather. Find out more about the benefits of our wood composite hives by clicking the link below.

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