View Full Version : 8 spacer verses 9 or 10
03-13-2005, 01:46 AM
Has anyone tired spacing the frames 8 to a box?
If so how did it work?
Eight is great IMO. Uncapping is a breeze. With 9 you can still end up with sunken spots that require scratching open. The drawback to 8 is that you end up with more honey going through the cappings system.
03-13-2005, 05:58 AM
In a top bar hive? Since this is the Top Bar forum, I'm not sure I follow the context of the question. In a Langstroth super I always space drawn comb at least 9 and eight is ok too. With bare foundation (especially bare plastic foundation) I always space them 10 and crowd them to the middle.
My mistake -- sorry. I thought it was being asked about super combs in general. I have used this spacing in supers over top bar hives but they were intended for extracting in the usual way. In a TBH (horizontal) one could try wide spacing at the rear, for honey, if the combs were already drawn, but it would probably make for a REAL mess if you tried to get the bees to build comb at such a wide spacing. Maybe it would work at 1.5" but I'd be reluctant to even try that.
03-13-2005, 10:16 AM
I just finished cutting the bars for my first TBH. They are 1.5" for honey and 1.25" for the brood area. We'll see how it works.
03-14-2005, 06:48 PM
I ended up with 1.5" in the honey area of the TBH. It seemed to be what the bees wanted to build. The brood nest on mine are 1.25"