I recently started getting interested in beekeeping. Not only was it the countless youtube videos of honey harvests that peaked my interest, but also the aspect of being self reliant and being able to pollinate my own crop, as well as furthering the age old tradition of beekeeping.
Since I'm in zone 5b/6a (Right on the edge) and its the beginning of November I realize this isn't the best time to start a hive. That's okay though, it gives me a few months to research and plan out every detail.
From what I've read so far it seems that a top bar hive would be the most simple and cheapest. However, my mind is pretty set on building a Langstroth hive.
I'd like to build it as follows;
At the bottom I want to put base board, with a super on top of it with a entrance piece with 2 different sized cutouts on adjacent sides; One bigger one for summer and one smaller one for winter. On top of the super I would like to put a deep with open whatchamacallits(I forget the term for the things they build the comb on) so that they can build them extra long down into the bottom part(the base super). This entire section would be solely for brood.^
On top of the deep I want to put a another super which will contain honey strictly for the bees. On top of that I will put a queen excluder and then another two supers for me to steal honey from. Last but not least, I will put both an inner cover and an upper cover on top with a feeder during the early stages.
It will basically look like the attached picture, except with a 'honey super' under the deep super and with a extra honey super solely for the bees to keep their honey under the queen excluder.
Questions and comments are more than welcome. Any help would be much appreciated.
[EDIT] I'm having trouble uploading the picture. Here is a link to it. http://www.almanac.com/image/langstroth-hive