I just got through reading Frank Pellet's book, "A Living From Bees." He is a very very strong believer in using the modified Dadant 11.5 inch deep hive bodies. I am going to try it this year. I have made a couple of them and made some homemade frames. I will go to Dadants to get some crimpwired foundation. I was wondering if there is anyother folks out there who are using this hive body for their brood chambers and what is your experience?
Of course they are extremely heavy. I plan to use one of these deep hive bodies with an additional shallow super to winter the bees on. I don't plan on using any of these for honey supers.
Pellet claims less work per hive, and more honey and better wintering in the north. He was a fellow beekeeper from Iowa
I look forward to hearing from you all,