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    Default REQ: Hive construction plans/dimensions

    Okay, so... I'm going to attempt to build one of each type of beehive in relatively common usage around the world. (Yeah, I know big task, so I'm not going to do it all at once.) I already have plans and/or dimensions for the following hive types:

    * Langstroth (eight and ten frame plus assort nucleus designs)
    * Warre
    * Layens
    * Dadant-Blatt
    * William Broughton Carr (WBC)
    * Brittish National
    * Adansonian

    If anyone has plans for these others, I'd really appreciate it:

    * Zander
    * German National
    * Norwegian "trough" hive
    * anything else I might be forgetting, including those designed for the asiatic honeybee

    Language of the plans doesn't matter if accompanied by even half-decent drawings. I've already pretty much decided that horizontal top-bar hives come is such a bewildering variety that I'm not going to mess much with them.
    The World Beehive Project - I build one of every popular beehive in the world!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Kirkland, WA, USA


    I got to see a hive for apis ceranae up close - looked like a bird house to me. They are also kept in hollowed logs (verticle) with what amounts to top bars. All frames are foundationless (no suprise) Brood frames are commonly wired to support cutting out the honey arches. - Tales of Beekeeping and Honeybees

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Leeds, UK

    Default hives

    Some project!

    To complete the project, perhaps a log hive and a swiss/german beehouse?

    Smith is quite popular in Scotland and parts of England. plans are on downloads section of the Scottish Beekeepers Association website from memory.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Minerva, Ohio, USA


    Quote Originally Posted by Paraplegic Racehorse View Post

    If anyone has plans for these others, I'd really appreciate it:

    * anything else I might be forgetting, including those designed for the asiatic honeybee
    Here's a link to plans for Phil Chandler's ("The Barefoot Beekeeper") version of the Kenya Top Bar Hive:

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Denmark, Europe


    This link will show you a Throug hive's

    in Nowegian size

    and this one in German standard

    The language is danish but the measurements is in metrics (mm) and should be almost understandable to an american....

    and here's a Zander hive, even though I don't know if this is the original style.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Radolfzell, Germany


    The Zander hives proposed by “AG Magazinimker” is actually NOT the one originally published by Zander. Zander has been at a scientific/educational bee research institute approx. 1930-1950 and has been the first proposing extensive migrations in central Europe. His hive was one of the first in Germany which was worked from top instead of from behind. However, he still used legs and roofs if hives were placed as singles (breeding hives). I’ll try to scan few pics from his old book next days.

    “AG Magazinimker” uses hives compatible with Langstroth and Dadant boxes (same outer dimensions). Few frame sizes are at (Lange=length, Breite=width)
    For their Zander system see
    The Zander frame size is still original, however various kinds of boxes are used. Many commercial beeks here use Zander as brood boxes and Langstroth mediums as honey super.

    “Deutsch Normal” (German Normal) is frequently used as 11-framer with frames perpendicular to entrance. Frame size 37.0 x 22.3 cm, outer box size similar to Zander 10 framer

    Zander and “Deutsch Normal” (German Normal) are nowadays the by far most common frame sizes in Germany. However, several others do exist and are mainly used with old-fashioned beehouses.

    Hope that helps

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    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Saint-Denis de La Réunion (France Indian Ocean)

    Default Re: REQ: Hive construction plans/dimensions

    Adansonian Beehive (on worldbeehiveproject )

    Design by Belgian professor Roch Domergo. This is another not-popular hive, but it is distinctive in two ways: 1- It is designed specifically to house the smaller African honeybee (Apis Mellifera Africanus) and, 2- It is the most recently designed hive on this list, having been concieved in 1980.

    Designer: Professor Roch Domerego
    Year: 1980
    Dimensions (internal): 320mm cube

    1980, Rwanda: Professor Roch Domerego visits to discuss bees and beekeeping with local monks. The local honey bee, apis melifera adansonii, is well known for its defensiveness and local beekeepers have difficulty working their Langstroth beehives due to this. Prof. Domerego visits feral hives and notes a reduced amount of defensiveness at the hives, allowing him to count and measure. He takes notes and works with a local carpenter to develop an affordable beehive with all of the capabilities, in terms of advanced manipulations, of a Langstroth beehive. It's decided that the lowest cost way to build it is to use a single size of board and glue such slats together to make the solid walls.

    The real, key feature of this beehive is the smaller bee-space. The African bee is smaller than its European counterparts and does not get along well in the same space. By reducing the bee-space to 31/32mm, the bees calmed enough to be workable. Now, bees are being selected for gentleness, among other traits. The hive is affordable and it does offer the capability of all the advanced manipulations available to Langstroth and other framed hive types. Hats off to Prof. Domerego!

    plans availables here on apiservices


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