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An Introduction to How to Keep Bees
Learning how to keep bees is becoming increasingly popular motivated by the opportunity to be a part of the miraculous process of producing honey. It may seem a little daunting at first taking up being a beekeeper, but with a little planning a regular routine, you too can join the many people around the world who have taken up this hobby.

Not only that, there is a good chance that you will produce more honey that you can consume yourself, so you make some money by selling your produce to family, friends and neighbors.

What Beekeeping Equipment Do I Need?
The main piece of beekeeping equipment you need is a bee hive. There are several different types available, with different types favored in different parts of the world. The most important thing is to choose one type and stick to it. That way, if you have more than one hive you can interchange the various parts.
One of the most recognizable piece of beekeeping equipment is the beekeeping suit. But what sort of bee suit should you buy? The purpose of the beekeeping suit is to prevent you being stung; the safer and more secure you feel with your bees, the more enjoyable your beekeeping will be. You will need to get a suit and a veil - you should avoid the older style veils that have netting all around the back as these can cause problems when the netting folds inwards letting the occasional bee sting the back of your neck. The better veil is the type that has a fabric back looking a bit like a fencing helmet.

Smokers are an essential piece of beekeeping equipment. Generally, you can buy large or small smokers. There are basically three different types. The cheapest is the tin plated steel type, but after a couple of seasons it will be past its best. The copper type is more resistant to corrosion but can get dented rather easily. The stainless steel type is the best, but a little more expensive.

The larger smokers will run longer without refuelling, but new beekeepers with only one or two hives a small smoker is sufficient.

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