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Chimney Hives

for Backyard Beekeepers


Keeping bees is a wonderful hobby. There’s the satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping an important part of the eco-system, and there’s honey! But...

Having a bee hive in your garden can cause some problems, especially if space is an issue. In a normal hive the bees fly out from the bottom of the hive and sweep across your garden at around head height before they take off into the neighbourhood. This increases the risk of being stung as bees defend their hive entrance, or just they can simply accidentally bump into you!

A Chimney Hive raises the hive entrance and therefore the flight path of the bees to 2.4 metres above the ground.


This form of hive entrance allows bees and people to use the same area without interfering with each other, therefore minimising contact and decreasing the possibility of being stung as well as allowing you to maximise space in your back yard when considering the location of your hive.

The Apiary Code of Practice 2011 Statutory Planning Requirements (Reg 5.1.2) states that beekeepers must place hives greater than three metres from a property boundary fence. This could mean that your hive is in the middle of your back yard! A chimney hive assists with the compliance of the code by raising the entrance to the hive above 2 metres – thereby allowing your hive to be placed on a boundary.


How Does a

ChimneyHive  Work?


Now Available

Your ChimneyHive  Kit is Ready to Just Add Bees!


The Standard Chimney Hive kit now comes complete which means that once installed into place, your Langstroth, Paradise Hive or Flow Hive can simply be placed on top and you're all set to enjoy your hive.

Here's what you'll get in your standard kit:

  • 18mm form ply sealed with marine-grade polyurethane

  • Hammered finish enamel painted frame

  • Suits 8/10 frame Langstroth, Paradise Hive or Flow Hive

  • Modification of your base-board to suit

  • Removable anodised aluminium screen base


*Installation extra

St Kilda Balcony Hive

Long Langstroth

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