Healthy , Happy , Bees 

the Zest Hive

the Zest Hive

Healthy , Happy , Bees 

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Bill Summers with a Zest frame made of bamboo - it began here

Beekeeping with Zest

Available via NORTHERN BEE BOOKS .

Click on PDF below to download introduction


Click on Video below for Zest HQ and Zest Hive Constuction

Click on Video below for Zest Colony Inspection

Zest Plastic Frame

Patent GB2493296 


Click Here Zest Plastic Frame advantages

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Zest Plastic Frame + Spacers

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The Zest plastic Excluder and partition board

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Zest Plastic Frames,Excluders, and partitions in a "Full" Zest.

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A populated Zest frame 

Zest Hive in Garden

Zest Honey Warmer with Digital Thermostat

Zest Plastic Frames box of 12 £30.00 per box

Zest Plastic (4 Piece) Bearer Frames £30.00 each

Zest Queen Excluder Box of 4 Excluders including

partition adapters for 2 Excluders. £30.00

The Zest Standard Starter Kit       Order Now

Special 2017 Offer = 24 Frames + Top Bearer Frame + 4 queen Excluders ( 2 of which include partition boards) + 2 DPC Vermin guards + 2 Pieces Insulation + Ropes with hose pipe protectors + 24 frame spacers for Honey store £175.00 inc p+p

Zest Starter Kit
Number of Boxes

Zest Excluders = 1 box includes 4 x Excluders (2 with Partition boards)

Zest Excluders


The ZEST plastic beehive frames can be deployed in a horizontal ZEST hive , with a Zest Top Bearer Frame , or in a double B.S. National brood chamber. It may be with or without a Durrant/ZEST insulated block encasement and top bee entry




Copyright William f Summers & David A J Durrant

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Zest Hive - Key Features

- DIY Build 
- Thermo-Regulation
- A warmer, dryer hive environment reduces the thermo-regulation duties, allowing the temperature to rise to the ideal. This speeds the biological process of pupating ,and helps regulate humidity.
 - Top entrance (controls airflow)
 - Condensation ( controlled by the bees )
 - Ventilation ( reduced )
 - Humidity Level ( Comfort / Discomfort )
 - Dew Point ( internal -v- external temp )
- Less Swarming 
  - Swarms occur due to lack of space , The Zest Hive has variable space controlled by the beekeeper , more importantly the bees are able to more effectively , and efficiently  manage space 
- Functionally Varroa Free
-  The understanding of how  Temperature, Relative Humidity , and Dew Point impacts Bees and Varroa Life cycle needs further research
- Less Intervention
- Better Temper
- Ease of Manipulation
- Half the Cost of Wood Hive
- Less Winter Feeding
- Improved Bee Health

- Still not convinced , there is much more to know :-however the Useful links below provide some of the best information available to support the actual experiences of Zest users .

- Constuctive Beekeeping written in 1918 by Ed Clark.
- Zachary Huang describes the Varroa Lifecyle - Controlling  Varroa Reproduction via Fecundity and Fertilty will win the battle with varroa.
- Varroa mite reproduction and Humidity by B. Kraus, H.H.W. Velthuis
- Biology and Control of Varroa by Peter RosenkranzaPia AumeierbBettina Ziegelmann 

Useful Links


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