Here's my first year setup:
I decided to start with a single 10-frame Langstroth. I have a screened bottom board with two deeps full of single-piece black plastic Pierco frames. (One school of thought says that the queen likes laying brood in darker comb - the black plastic seems to fit the bill, and I've heard it's very durable, plus I won't be harvesting off it.) I water-sealed the weather-exposed surfaces of the woodenware with Thompsons. I've heard that white paint has benefits in keeping the hive cooler during the summer, but we've got a craftsman style thing going on here, so I made a concession to back yard aesthetics - shoot me.
I plan to hive the package in the first deep, top it with the feeder, add the next deep when the first is three-quarters full, and bring the yet-to-be-purchased supers into play if things go well this first season. (May could be a late start, so skipping the supers is an option this year.) The hive will be located about 30 feet from my new vegetable garden, and about 60 feet from a lot of flowering bushes. There's a swamp about a quarter mile away, but I'll probably put a water source in the yard - if I can do so without creating a mosquito haven.
For equipment, I have a jacket/veil, smoker, hive stand, gloves, hive tool, honeyBhealthy, and Fumagilin-B, as well as inner and outer covers from a local supply store. I also have an entrance reducer, queen excluder, Imirie shim (my inner cover isn't notched), frame stand, and a hive top feeder on the way.
My biggest question at this point is about the honey supers. When/If I can introduce them this season, I'm unsure how I should frame them. Most of what I see and read assumes I'm going to be using an extractor and preserving the comb on the frames. However, I'm almost as interested in the beeswax as I am in the honey itself, so it might make sense to do crush-and-strain. I have seen crush-and-strain videos where the beek apparently uses no foundation, and cuts the comb from an empty wooden frame. This seems like it would get you a lot of honey and a lot of wax at the same time, but will the bees really build on an empty frame without foundation? I haven't found any good write-ups on the pros, cons, and how-tos for doing that.
My next biggest question is about hiving the bees. Most of what I've seen advocates installing the queen package and then pouring/banging out the rest of the package in one form or another. But Draper's video shows them installing the queen and then actually inserting the whole package in the hive in place of frames, letting the bees migrate out of the package on their own, and removing the empty package after two days. This seems less traumatic, but again, I haven't read anything about pros/cons. Elsewhere, I've read that disturbing the colony less than a week after installation could result in the death of the queen. What to do?
So, long story short: I'm new, I'm doing extensive research, and I want to do this right from the start. If I'm already doing something wrong, it's no surprise here. If I'm headed for trouble - doubly so. I'm hoping to learn a lot here and then pass on my own experiences.