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Tools of the Trade

A Langstroth or a top bar hive

A smoker

Protective clothing: a hooded suit, gloves, a hat, and a veil (kind of like getting married...on Mars)

Some bees (and be sure you have a queen—you'll learn how to spot her—or all you get are a bunch of lazy workers who just sit around and play X-Box all day)

Honey extraction tools (Pooh makes it look easy; it isn't quite so simple as you think it was when you were 5.)