I'll start this and matbe others can add to it. The first thing a new bee keeper will need is equipment and the first equipment is a hive. Do yourself a favor and do some research before buying a hive. If you are buying your woodware find a supplier you are comfortable with that makes their woodware. Then stick to that supplier so all of your equipment is interchangeable. Believe it or not different suppliers use different internal dimensions on some of their equipment. When you start mixing it's not the end of the world but it sure can be annoying at times.