Build a Better Langstroth Bee Hive: A Homesteading 'How To' Book

winter homesteadingOh spring, you tease.

It's late February here on the homestead, the maple trees are tapped, and we're seeing odd days where the temps drop to 20 degrees with snow in the forecast. That's alright, it's almost over.

Our ducks are in a row.

We've got this.

Though our priority is the garden, there are plenty of projects just waiting to be accomplished. I still have the trim to put on the potting shed, and it's become obvious through the various ice dams that a new chicken coop is in order.

In fact, we're making plans to move the chicken run down next to the garage and reclaim the old run and expand the garden. It's in our budget, and to be honest, we'd love a coop we can stand up in. Something a little sturdier, something along the lines of the potting shed but not as high.

Increasing Our Homesteading Income

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In keeping with our philosophy of doing things ourselves, there's a new venture over here on the homestead. 

Wendie and I are always looking at ways to generate a little more homesteading income that doesn't force us to get 9-5, chained-to-the-cubicle, making-money-for-the-man jobs. A little here, a little there. It does add up.

The investment we've made in the wood shop is certainly paying this season with hive sales, and I thought, why not sell some DIY plans? 

Bee hives have very specific dimensions, but once understood, the build is relatively straightforward. I just want to share the love.

Taking a little time this past weekend, I wrote it all out in simple terms. I listed all of the materials, tools and lumber needed. Then, there was photoshoot in the woodshop of the various components coupled with time spent at the drafting table to illustrate a couple of diagrams.

To be honest, I'm proud of the effort. For the time invested and the information contained within, it made sense when it was all said and done. The book has already paid for itself.

A Homesteading 'How To' Book Series


$3.99 Available on Amazon.com
Now, as a homesteading income generator, this single book on how to build a Langstroth bee hive isn't going to replace teaching nights over at the community college. But, the idea isn't to stop there. 

More homesteading 'How To' books are planned for the new series. New ideas are generated each day. Then, to top it off, the first edition books are originally written with imperial measurements. 

The rest of the world is on metric, so there's those editions to put out as well. Two for the effort of one, with a little fiddling with the measurement conversions.

I haven't even tried to project what amount of income the books will bring in. But if it's a couple bucks a day, that adds up slowly. More books, more income. Certainly more than our Google advertising or any affiliate programs would in the same space of time.

How to Build a Langstroth Hive is available on Amazon as a downloadable e-book for $3.99. If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited (there's a 30 day free trial), you can get it for free. There's a link on the Amazon page to check out that program if you're interested.

I truly believe it could be the best investment you'll make as a beekeeper. Why buy a hive for around $200 when you can build it for less than a third of that?

We love sharing our lives on the homestead, and really enjoy it when you share your experiences and stories with us. Let us know about your relationship with bees by joining the conversation below!

Comments

Jamie said…
Great post! Thanks!
I'm just getting interested in bees so I really enjoyed this post.
Melissa said…
This is on my list of things to do/learn.
ScarlettC said…
We're planning on bees this year. Can't wait!
Amber A said…
This year I am starting a bee and butterfly garden. That's my step one. Hoping to be able to work towards a hive or 10. Thank you for what you are doing.
Megan said…
I don’t currently have bees, but I am very intrigued by the idea.
Gina said…
I'm excited to eventually add bees to my property. This would be a real money saver. Plus, it's always more fun to build it yourself!
Melissa Storms said…
Beekeeping is something that we have been planning for a while. My husband built several top bar hives and though we planned to keep one for ourselves but ended up selling them all, lol.
Wondering if I can do bees in a suburban home?
Amy Cover said…
I've been chatting up the hubs on maybe starting to raise bees on our farm in the near future. I am definitely going to check out your book and plans. Keep your fingers crossed for me that I can get him on-board. Thank you so much.
We started beekeeping with langstroth hives last year. So far we've purchased woodenware... but I would really like to build our own. Thank you!
Kylie G. said…
Love your writing voice. Would be very interested to read these as time and money permits!
CyndyL said…
I'm interested in bees, could you recommend a good book for us newbies.
Sandra Buck said…
Hmmm... I have a barely used table saw in the garage ..might be time for me dust it off?! :-)
Jennifer Dages said…
I've always wanted to have bees, they are awesome! It's so cool that you are releasing a book about how to build hives!
RMDono said…
Wow Great to know!! I especially like the cutting board. I wish you ALL the BEST
Sue D said…
Great post. We keep bees and have built our own hives. Been thinking of trying a top bar hive.
Love learning all that I can!
Shelby said…
Our town just approved bees. I have to do more research on the rules and regulations and then on how to keep them!
This is exciting! We want to add bees to our homestead but it's not super affordable - but if we build our own hives I think it can be done :)
horsewmn71 said…
I have been researching and learning all I can about bee keeping because I have wanted to raise my own for sometime. Having a good plan/ blueprint for building my own hive is so helpful. It will definitely get me closer to my own hive quicker because it’s one more thing I don’t have to save for. Thank you
Unknown said…
I'm always looking for income earning ideas on the homestead! Thank you!
Unknown said…
Would love to keep bees.
Erin said…
Awesome work! Gotta spread love for bees! :) thank you
ElizabethS said…
Would love to have bees but will be a few years down the dream road. First need to build up my garden (first summer at our new home) and get some chickens.
One of God's said…
A project for my woodworking brother.
Stephanie said…
I just joined my local beekeepers association last month. I plan on learning this year so I can start my own hive next year. I will definitely be bookmarking your site!
Keely said…
Great post! Thank you!
Kira said…
This is awesome! My hubby and I have been considering bees, but with that initial expense, whew! This is something that can help us cut down on some of that cost. So excited!
Kira said…
This is so great! We have been considering bees and educating ourselves, asking lots of questions to those who are pros, etc. But still, the cost of set up is so prohibitive. DIY hives will surely help with some of that initial cost. Looking forward to this.