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The Story of Weiss Honeybee Farms

Apimaye Hives

Next Generation Bee Hive  

The Apimaye beehive was developed to make it easier to manage a colony of bees and produce more honey. We at Weiss Honeybee Farms use Apimaye hives through our Apiary. They are great to work with and easy to manage.


The innovative all-round double layer insulation helps keeping the colony warm in the winter and cool in the summer. A special filling material used in the top cover and side walls of Thermo Hives provides thermal insulation, offering a suitable habitat for the colony in different climate conditions.


Thermal Insulation & Active Ventilation

With the R value 6.93, Apimaye Thermo Bee Hives are more than 6 times more heat insulating than wooden hives.


The design of the hives allows the incoming air from the screened bottom board, rise all the way through the ventilation ducts, and exit through the louvres on the hive top cover. This enables an effective air circulation in the hive. The ventilation system prevents any rise of humidity in the hive, preventing any yeast or mold formation, increasing the survival of colonies during winter.

Apimaye Thermal Properties

The R value is a measure of thermal resistance, or ability of heat to transfer from hot to cold, through materials. The higher the R-Value, the more a material prevents heat transfer. The most noteworthy feature of our beehives is the R 6.93 insulation. Standard 3/4" thick pine wood used for building a beehive has an R value of about 1.04, so for a wooden beehive to have same insulation its walls have to be 5". Double layer insulation helps keeping the colony warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, creating an ideal living environment for the bees especially in the extreme climates like in Arizona, or New England. It reduces the winter food consumption, and stimulates colony growth in the spring therefore the colony is more productive in the next year.

Moisture Control System 

The materials used in Apimaye beehives do not absorb moisture. The beehives are also designed to have an active ventilation system, hence resisting fungus growth, condensation, and mold, which are common problems in wooden hives. Apimaye beehive is equipped with a screened bottom board which enables air intake. The top feeder located on the top contains air slots in the perimeter enabling the moisture to leave the hive body, and the telescopic hive top cover has slots in the front and in the back to let the moisture out of the beehive. In addition, there are adjustable round entrances on the deep hive bodies which can be used for bee entrance or for ventilation.

These are great hives for anyones operations from commercial to the small hobbyist. Go visit a great company @

A few of the hives we have in our Apiary @ Weiss Honeybee Farms during the first snow fall of 2020

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