Long Hive

Frame Type:


Watch our Long hive review by Laurence at Black Mountian Honey

Long hive description 

This 40 framed long hive is for 2 separate colonies and can be made in these 3 different frame sizes and constructed from pine or cedar.

  • National (most popular)
  • 14x12 
  • Langstroth 

Beekeepers that are used to working with National hives will feel very much at home with the long National hive because it consists simply of an extended brood body. It has standard frames, and all parts of the hive can be accessed easily. Colonies are managed by inserting queen excluders and division boards vertically, and different entrances at each end to achieve splits or accommodate two colonies in a single hive. Made from English cedar that we mill and season at the workshop.


  • The hive is fully assembled

  • 4 x Perspex crown boards

  • 2 x Entrance reducer's (1 per colony)

  • 1 x Divider board

Please note: Queen excluders are not included and after much research and customer feedback, we realise they are not needed in our long hives. But obviously, if you would like to run your hive with a queen excluder (as lots of beeks do) they are available to purchase below.

You can purchase queen excluders here

Key features:

Gas struts to keep the roof open

Clear crown boards for easy inspection

Long hive dimensions:

width x 600mm (base width 645mm)

length x 1800mm

height x 1000mm (top of brood box)

Please note: 

Frames and foundation are not included but can be purchased ready and assembled from our store here


We like to deliver your hive personally to ensure you get your hive in one piece. For this service, we charge a flat rate of £50. Unfortunately, we can only deliver to England and Wales.

To our Scottish friends, we can deliver to Scotland but please get in touch before placing your order 


You can collect it from our workshop near Kidderminster. Please select local pick up at check out

Customer Reviews

Based on 32 reviews
Andy Platt
Top class Hive

Excellent craftsmanship made and finished to a very high standard

Timothy Sherlock
Solid Long Hive

They are fantastically built and made to last with a lot of thought put into the workmanship. It's stylish and sturdy with legs at a solid angle giving it a low centre of gravity. It's heavy so it is unlikely to be blown over in the wind. Having clear crown boards is not only stylish, it's also great for a quick inspection with disturbing the bees. It means that you can lift the roof in winter and check to see if any feed needs topping up without chilling the bees. Having gas struts keeps the roof open and not risk having it fall down on you. The customer service was excellent.

Siobhan Penrose

Arrived last weekend and cannot wait to transfer my bees… so beautifully made and just makes sense - perfect. Great, expert customer service so far too - thank you!

Gervase Evans

I bought 2 Langstroth long hives, (1 for me & another for a friend as I'm tending to her bees) having seen reviews & talked to the owners, who are the most helpful people you would hope to meet.
The hive has, for me, so many pluses. In no particular order....

Well made and substantial. I won't have the problem of it being blown over in strong winds. I've had 2 "normal" hives blown over in my time.
No supers to lift off from great heights. (Beekeepers curse)
It holds 2 colonies, comes with 2 queen excluders so the surplus honey is safe from queen laying in it.
Plenty of brood space.
It's easy to teach from as there's space for someone alongside you. My daughter is learning and my grandson (5) is keen to help.
The lid acts as an extra barrier from the bees while you are working with them.
Black Mountian Honey has done some excellent videos on the linghive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7MkEQkmOao
I made one alteration to the hive in that I blocked up the entrances which are at each end of the hive and drilled 3 25mm holes in the back and screwed beespace portals on the inside. The bees introduced were in and out in seconds. Hyde hives know what these are if anyone is interested or confused by what I've put down here.
Enjoy the future of bee keeping

Skilfully and beautifully made

We are very pleased with our long hive. It is a beautiful piece of equipment that looks highly practical. We don’t have bees in it as yet (I hope soon), but it is still good to show new beekeepers alternative ways to keep bees. One of our association members thought he’d have to stop beekeeping due to arthritis of the elbows, but has decided to switch to a long hive instead.

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