Re: Is a Warre Hive right for me?
The short answer to your question is no, the warre hive is not right for you.
Why? You ask.
You are a new beekeeper. Setting roadblocks for yourself is not a good idea.Learn to be a beekeper first, then experiment with alternative hive designs.
You stated that all your friends have langs. The ability to share resources the first couple of years is important. If you need a frame of brood to requeen for some reason, your friends won't be able to help out.
You have little time or money to spend. This raises the question as to whether you should become a beekeeper at all. If you cannot devote sufficient time and equipment to this hobby, the bees will die and you will have wasted what little time and money you did spend. I was misled when I attended an introduction to beekeeping seminar several years ago. Numbers bantered about were 10 hours per year and around $500 to get started with a hive and bees. Right. I spend 3 hours each time I inspect my hives and have spent at least 5K on bee stuff, and I build most of my own woodenware so it could be worse. Not to mention $150-200 spent so far on sugar this year. I enjoy beekeeping and consider all of it well spent. Perhaps you will too, but be honest with yourself about your level of committment
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.