Cassette beekeeping: types of pavilions and how to do it yourself

Cassette beekeeping: types of pavilions and how to do it yourself

Beekeeping is constantly evolving and from time to time introduces various developments. This allows the bees to create more comfortable conditions for work and development, and the beekeeper to reduce time and money. One of the most interesting and modern options is cassette beekeeping. This direction is characterized by a number of features.

Pros and cons of cassette beekeeping

Keeping bees in a cassette pavilion has certain pluses and minuses. The advantages of this direction include the following:

  • mobility and the ability to move closer to honey plants;
  • can be used in any weather;
  • ease of operation;
  • versatility;
  • increasing the volume of honey and foundation;
  • maintaining optimal temperature parameters and no need for insulation;
  • ease of feeding;
  • effective disease prevention;
  • simple build-up of bee colonies;
  • increasing the activity of building bee colonies.

The main disadvantages of cluster beekeeping include the following:

  • tightness;
  • fire hazard;
  • close to families.

Types of cassette pavilions

Cassette pavilions do not have many design differences. They are mobile and stationary. The secondary features include dimensions, materials, heating, lighting. There is also a difference in cassette designs.

Any kind of construction is placed with the long side to the southeast or southwest. The roof can be single or gable. The second option is considered more convenient, since it helps to avoid snow accumulation in winter.


This type of pavilion is similar to a house that includes 2 rows of beehives, or cassettes. They are connected by a common roof. From the inside, there is a passage between the hives, which is required for servicing the apiary. The design is on the chassis. The functions of this element can be performed by a car trailer. A welded frame will help make the structure more stable. Chipboard can be used as a skin.


This design is similar in function to the mobile one. However, in this case, the foundation is used as the basis. The advantages of a stationary structure include the possibility of organizing lighting, plumbing, heating.This is considered an important plus in regions with harsh winters. The presence of communications simplifies the maintenance of the apiary.

How to make a pavilion with your own hands

It is quite possible to make a cassette pavilion with your own hands. It is important to adhere to certain recommendations.


For the construction of a mobile apiary, a car trailer is required, and for a stationary apiary, a foundation. From the materials it is recommended to prepare the following:

  • boards;
  • roofing material or slate - used for roofing;
  • cement;
  • chipboard;
  • sand;
  • rubble;
  • self-tapping screws;
  • nails;
  • grid or only;
  • foam.


When choosing tools, it is recommended to prepare the following:

  • welder - required for frame welding;
  • wood saw;
  • jigsaw;
  • measurement tools;
  • hammer;
  • drill driver;
  • hacksaw.


The construction process includes the following elements:

  1. Decoration - structures are erected for no more than 20 compartments for installing cassette modules. Excess will lead to severe tightness. For a stationary structure, it is worth choosing a convenient place away from people. After assembling the frame, it is recommended to proceed with the construction and installation of modules. First, they need to be connected to each other, and then build a common roof.
  2. Compartments - a change house and a compartment for inventory in a stationary structure are placed at their discretion. When creating a mobile pavilion, they should be placed in front of the trailer - in the area of \u200b\u200bconnection with the car. The compartment is recommended to be placed in one or different directions.
  3. Lighting - natural light through windows is often not enough for bees and beekeepers. Therefore, it is required to lay wiring and install lights in the house.
  4. Change house - when decorating a beekeeper's closet, it is recommended to install cabinets for storing clothes, work equipment, food for bees. If a mobile apiary is being built, it is required to provide a place to spend the night.
  5. Heat insulation - for normal wintering, structural elements need to be insulated. If the walls include boards, there is no need for additional thermal insulation. In the case of plywood, it is worth providing for a double sheathing of the frame. In this case, it is recommended to fill the void with a heater. Its functions can be performed by mineral wool. Particular attention should be paid to the insulation of the ceiling, doors and windows. These areas experience the highest heat loss.
  6. Roof - made strong, but light. Excessive loads are not recommended, especially when building a mobile apiary.

Production of a mobile bee house "Berendey"

Pavilion "Berendey" is mobile and stationary. Regardless of the variety, its basis is considered to be a welded structure. For it, you need to use a channel with a size of 120 millimeters. For the legs of the welded model, it is worth using pipes. Sheet metal is used as base plates. The frame certainly needs to be painted. This helps protect against moisture.

At the base of the metal base, it is worth laying a plank floor 40-50 millimeters thick. The frame is recommended to be made of bars, the dimensions of which are 60x70 millimeters.

Boards are used as cladding for the pavilion. It is imperative to make waterproofing from roofing material. It is made for walls, floors and ceilings. A layer of insulating material is made at least 10 centimeters. The roof should definitely be sheathed with metal. The compartments themselves are divided by sheets of chipboard.

Rules for keeping bees in pavilions

In order for bees to be successful, it is important to provide high-quality heating and ventilation. In winter, it is absolutely necessary to inspect the pavilion. This will help to identify the underdog. When maintaining a normal microclimate, the bees almost do not die.

It is recommended to feed insects through feeders. They should be mounted on the doors of the cassette modules. It is recommended to check the amount of feed through the transparent wall of the feeder. In February, you should use kandy. To avoid drying out of the food, it is recommended to cover it with a film.

Cassette beekeeping is a promising direction. It helps to increase the efficiency of breeding insects and get a lot of quality honey. When building a pavilion for bees, it is worth considering a number of features.

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