Okay, so this is going to be a topic full of questions. I'm 16 and my family has recently started a farm that we're hoping to turn into a family business. Its still in the beginning phases, and we're all trying to put our interestes into this. So I thought why not beekeeping. It serves a multitude of purposes from pollinating the garden and fruit trees, to supplying honey to supplying soap and candle making supplies. Not only that, I love anything fresh and natural so I'm hell bent to know exactly were all my products and supplies come from and to make sure they're the best, the most natural and pure they can possibly be. So, I plan to start my apiary in the spring, at the moment I'm trying to get some prices and see how much money I'll have to get saved up. So, now to the questions. Most of these are probably preferences, but I would like to know the pros and cons and experiences people have had with different types of equipment. Lets start with the hive. Should it be wood or plastic? 8 frames or 10? Which would be easier to maintain and relativley easy to move? Which would be heavy enough to keep any escaped critters (ie goats, pigs, dogs, deer ect) from knocking them over but still light enough for me to move on my own? Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I'm also looking for something that will give me the most for my money. I want to get a good deal but also products I know I can rely on.