I am using Langs and want to convert them into TBH hives.
Initially, I was thinking about building a long hives about 36" long with square sides. They would be built to take my Langs shallow frames. I will place the 1 1/2" boards on top so the hive can be worked like a tbh with a minimun of disturbance to the hive. (This would be critical especially with all the Africans we have in this area.) Later, I may convert to a tbh without the frames.
Now I use a deep and a shallow (6 1/4") for brood and storage for winter food. How many shallows would I need to get the same results?
Does anyone know if I could use a shallow langs with a guide comb and horozontial wires to support the comb when I move my hives? Would the bees fill out the frame with the wires in place?
Could I place a standard Lang shallow super on the hive at a later date to give storage for honey? Later in the season, I will have to drive about 60 mi to check the hives and will only be able to get there about every 2 weeks. In that area, the desert honey flow should be great with all the rain we have had this year and they may fill and cap one shallow a week.
Does anyone know if these ideas are feasible?
Does anyone know if there are plans I can use as a guideline? What if I used deep (9") frames instead of shallows.
I know I anm asking a lot of questions but there is no one in our club that has worked with tbh or long hives.
Thx Az Jim