I'm new to beekeeping. I've only got one hive at the moment but as things grow I'm trying to find a solid company to order equipment from that is reliable and not too expensive. Suggestions? I live in Canada.
I don't know what kind of problems you'll run into, importing equipment into Canada. You might ask some Canadian beeks, join any organization near you, pick their brains. They'll solve most of your problems.
Two companies I've had good luck with are http://www.dadant.com/catalog/ and http://www.kelleybees.com/PageDefault.aspx
Your best bet is to telephone them to place an order. No misunderstandings that way. Get their catalogues first.
Freight from the states will eat you alive. I'd suggest talking with local beeks to find out where they get equipment.
I pickup most of my woodenware at "the factory" (in my case Humble Abodes) and order only those items that aren't available locally. Recent online purchases have included a queen marking tube, Mite-Away II and burlap.
-Jones & Sons (longtime & major supplier to other companies)... unfortunately their site is useless... have to call and ask for a catalog. Based in Montreal and Toronto I believe. http://www.fwjones.com/
There are others... may be other local small-time guys. I'd suggest contacting your local club. From the OBA website:
Upper Ottawa Valley Beekeepers' Association
Murray Borer, President
RR2 Renfrew, ON K7H 2Z5 613-432-3432
And check out Ottawa Kijiji... I just saw some beekeeping equipment on there last night!
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