> * I want to eventually go foundationless but from what I read it would be beneficial to start with foundation and slowly, as I remove some drawn out comb, replace with a foundationless frame. Is there a quicker way to get to foundationless while limiting cross-combing? Maybe frames 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 10 with foundation and all others without to start?
Just start all foundationless. If you don't want foundation there is no reason to use it. They mess up and cross comb foundation as much as foundationless. The only difference is they repeat their errors with foundationless. But often they make none. If they do, then put a straight comb on the outside edge of where they are building and put the crooked one over one and/or straighten it. I wouldn't start with foundation.http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfoundationless.htmhttp://www.bushfarms.com/beesfoursimplesteps.htm
> * Why would I go with medium supers for honey? Is the only concern weight?
Why wouldn't you go with mediums for everything?http://www.bushfarms.com/beeslazy.htm#uniformframesize
90 pounds for a full deep. http://www.bushfarms.com/beeslazy.htm#lighterboxes
> I would much rather go with the larger hive bodies and supers but from the endless threads I have read it seems everyone is going the medium route.
A back is a terrible thing to waste.
> * What is a good suit for me and my kids? They are 3.5 and 5.5?www.beeworks.com
can make you whatever you need.
> * Is a hive tool pretty much like a hammer? (meaning: everyone has their own personal choice and no one else would understand your reasoning?
Here's the best IMO. http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/Italian-Hive-Tool/productinfo/591/
It's got a lifter that is small enough to get between frames, has more leverage because it's longer and it's thin and light weight.
> * I am putting this in the back corner of my yard. My kids and dogs would be playing within 25 feet of the hives. I plan on planting some plants in front of the hive to force their flights higher out of the hive. Any particular distance recommended?
Every hive is different. I've had them five feet from my back door and never had a problem. I've had them 100 yards from my house and been attacked, but that was only one problem and they were requeened.
and some more:http://www.bushfarms.com/beeslazy.htm