The national hive is the most widely used hive in Ireland and the UK. This makes it easier for beekeepers to purchase bees on frames and exchange equipment with other beekeepers.
The Commercial hive offers a larger brood area than the national hive. If desired you can use national supers on the commercial brood chambers as they are easier to carry.
Cedar is the ideal wood for beehives. The natural oils make it less prone to warping, less susceptible to insect infiltration and less likely to rot than other wood. It does not need to be painted but a protective application of linseed oil can help maintain the wood’s natural colour.