We have recently just got our first hive, which was a 2nd hand flow hive with bees that we bought off a family friend at a great price. After already seeing the benefits of the bees on our farm with the veggies we are looking at expanding to get another hive or 2.
However, after looking online it doesn't seem very viable to keep purchasing flow hives so we are looking at just getting some regular 8 frame langstroth hives but have noticed there to be considerable variation in the pricing on australian websites.
We are basically need everything you need when starting beekeeping as all the equipment like our smoker, tools, and bee suit are borrowed off the same person who sold us the hive and we want to return it as soon as possible.
We would like to get some decent quality gear but don't want to pay an absurd price so any recommendations will be greatly appreciated.
We won't need the bees just yet as we will hopefully be getting some off a local on the north coast when spring comes.