I've been reading about Langstroth hives with natural comb in the frames drawn without foundation. Sounds great, the bees build it quicker, includes a good percentage of small cell, and it cheaper!
I'm curious though, aren't there more drones and if so, shouldn't this increase mite populations. Also with more drones, don't they take up more resources. I do conceed that sometimes bees on foundation end up with lots of drones too, but its not the norm.
Also, can you use a queen excluder? I like not having brood in my honey. If not whats the normal way to deal with that?