Re: Beginner big time.....
from the same source you can get
Deep 10 frame hive body- Budget $8.70 ea
Frames for above- Economy $4.50 per 10
Foundation for deep frames $11.50 per 10
Med, 10 frame hive body- Budget $7.05 ea
Frames for above- Budget $5.10 per 10
Foundation for Med frames $11.00 per 10
The above times are same two deep boxes and two shallow boxes you get with the kit for $95.70
Add to that
Smoker $37.95 (you can find them lower cost but additional shipping will probably make it not work)
Veil and Jacket $53.95 (you are not likely to be happy with this for long. $100 or a bit more will get you a real nice one)
Smoker fuel (You don't really need)
Book (you will most likely buy one or more maybe not this one)
Total of additional, No book, no fuel. $100.65
Grand total $196.35 and overall shipping may be lower.
If you want to take the advice of others here and start with two hives you can double the hive boxes, frames and foundation again for a grand total of $292.05
That last one is what I suggest you do. In addition you might want to consider a very cheap sort of bee suit like disposable paint coveralls and a low cost veil and save yourself $50 or just spring for the better jacket and veil right from the get go for an additional $50.
For an additional $100 and the list above I think you would get a much better start.
Everything gets darker, as it goes to where there is less light. Darrel Tank (5PM drawing instructor)