Gretchen Bee Ranch
Bee Hive Gear
   
 

Africanized bees are a fact of life in our area, so we take protective gear seriously. We never work bees without a lit smoker and a level of protective clothing appropriate for the temperament of the hives that we are working. We urge all of you who work with or around Africanized bees to suit up carefully and before setting foot in the bee yard. We always place a strip or two of duct tape where the veil zipper closes to prevent bees from getting under the veil.

We encourage you to visit our physical shop in Seguin, as we add more items weekly. We also have experienced beekeepers on hand and ready to answer your beekeeping questions. Come for the equipment. Stay awhile for friendship and conversation.

We will ship the items listed here unless otherwise noted.

Beekeeper Protective Gear Quick Links

 - Smokers & Smoker Fuel
 -
Protective Gloves
 -
Suites & Jackets
 -
Veil

  
 


Tall Smoker with Heat Guard

Our stainless steel smokers are easy to light and they stay lit. The Tall Smoker has a honeycomb embossed heat shield, a spark guard in the lid and a fixed floor with a deep air chamber.

Dimensions: Cylinder height is 8 inches and the total height is 12 inches. The cylinder diameter is 4 inches.

Price: $40.00
  
 

Smoker with Dome Lid

Our stainless steel smokers are easy to light and they stay lit. This smoker features a wire heat shield, a hook for hanging the smoker on the side of the super and a fixed floor with a deep air chamber.

Dimensions: Cylinder height is 7.5 inches and the total height is 11 inches. The cylinder diameter is 4 inches.
 
Price: $40.00
  
 

Pre-Cut Burlap Smoker Fuel

Burlap lights easily and burns slowly, producing a cool, heavy smoke.

Our pre-cut burlap is cut and rolled with each bag containing 7-9 rolls and weighting about one pound. The rolls are the right diameter to fit loosely into the smoker.
 
Price: $4.00
  



Uncut Burlap Coffee Bags

Save a few dollars by purchasing a complete burlap coffee bag (sorry, coffee not included)
and cutting it to your smoker size yourself.
 
Burlap lights easily and burns slowly, producing
a cool, heavy smoke.

Approximate bag dimensions: 38” x 27”. The dimensions will vary between bags.
 
Price: $1.50
  
     
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Premium Cowhide Beekeeping Gloves

Our Premium Beekeeping Gloves feature
pliable leather for finger and hand protection,
a stiff cuff for wrist protection and long sleeves for arm protection. These gloves are comfortable and well-constructed for long life. (We do caution you that these gloves are not recommended for handling acids, such as oxalic acid or formic acid, as these materials can eat through the leather.)

Choose Your Size: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X-Large, 3X-Large
 
Price: $25.00
  
 

Goatskin Beekeeping Gloves

Supple, durable and comfortable, these are
good beekeeping gloves at a good price. The leather is not as thick as that of the premium gloves, and the sleeve is not as long, but they offer good sting protection. (We do caution you that these gloves are not recommended for handling acids, such as oxalic acid or formic acid, as these materials can eat through the leather.)

Choose Your Size: 2X-Small, X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X-Large, 3X-Large
 
Price: $17.00
  
 

Pro-Grade Gloves

Soft but protective goatskin gloves with nylon sleeve. (We do caution you that these gloves are not recommended for handling acids, such as oxalic acid or formic acid, as these materials can eat through the leather.)

Choose Your Size: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
 
Price: $26.00
  

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Adult Vented Bee Suit

We wear a full vented bee suit when we
need the best level of sting protection while working with a highly defensive colony.
The suit is made of a three-layer mesh
material that thwarts the stinging action
of the bees. The mesh is breathable, making
the suit more tolerable when working bees
on a hot Texas afternoon.
Our vented bee suit features:
 - 12 inch ankle zippers to more easily put on
    and take off the bee suit
 - Four pockets
 - Two hive tool pockets

Choose Your Size: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X-Large, 3X-Large, 4X-Large, 5X-Large

Please contact us if you have a sizing question.
 
Price: $109.00
  
 

Child’s Vented Bee Suit

All the features of the adult vented bee suit
mini-sized for your next generation beekeeper.
The child sized vented bee suit is made with
these dimensions:
 - Inseam – 25 inches
 - Shoulder to wrist – 16 inches
 - Torso – 21 inches
 - Shoulder to shoulder – 19 inches

Please contact us if you have a sizing question.
 
Price: $65.00
  
 

Adult Cotton Bee Suit

Our cotton bee suit is made of sting resistant heavy-duty cotton material with 12 inch ankle zippers, elastic in the waist, four pockets and
two hive-tool pockets.

Choose Your Size: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X-Large, 3X-Large, 4X-Large, 5X-Large

Please contact us if you have a sizing question.
 
Price: $80.00
  



Child Cotton Bee Suit

All the features of the adult cotton bee suit
mini-sized for your next generation beekeeper.
The child sized vented bee suit is made with these dimensions:
 - Inseam – 25 inches
 - Shoulder to wrist – 15 inches
 - Torso – 21 inches
 - Shoulder to shoulder – 19 inches

Please contact us if you have a sizing question.
 
Price: $45.00
  
 

Vented Bee Jacket

The vented bee jacket is made of a three-layer mesh material that thwarts the stinging action of the bees. The mesh is breathable, making the suit more tolerable when working bees on a hot Texas afternoon. Our vented bee suit features:
 - Fencing style veil
 - Four pockets
 - Two hive tool pockets

Choose Your Size: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X-Large, 3X-Large, 4X-Large, 5X-Large

Please contact us if you have a sizing question.
 
Price: $75.00
  
 

Sunshine Bee Jacket

Brighten-up your beekeeping chores with our Sunshine Bee Jacket. (Smile not included.)
Made with heavy-duty sting resistant cotton,
the jacket features:
 - Four pockets
 - Fencing style veil
 - Elastic waist
 - Hive tool sleeve pocket

Choose Your Size: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X-Large

Please contact us if you have a sizing question.
  
Price: $45.00
  

 


Light Duty Bee Jacket

Made with cotton material and a round veil,
the Light Duty Bee Jacket slips on easily and
has a zipper across the chest, allowing you
to flip back the veil when you are driving
between bee yards or just taking a water break. We use the Light Duty Jacket when we are checking on honey supers, feeding colonies
or just watching the bees fly in and out of
the hive at the end of our day.

Choose Your Size: Large or X-Large

Please contact us if you have a sizing question.
 
Price: $39.00
  
     
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Pullover Veil

Our Pullover Veil slips on and off easily and provides sting protection for your head and
the upper part of your chest and back.
Elastic around the bottom and around the
arm holes effectively keep the bees from
getting inside the veil. This is our most popular
veil and it is the one that we use.

Size: Large only

Price: $35.00
  
     
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