Re: Super Configuration?!?
I believe that # of frames configuration should be based on bee species & location. Drawing out 10 frames for many is difficult, and the bees trying to maintain those outside frames in the winter = wasted space. I would check with local keeps to understand how their particular bee brand, with regard to available foraging resources, determines how their bees fill comb. Up not out, out not up, lots of backfilling of brood nest with nectar late in the year...
I wish now that I had gone to all the same size boxes - mediums. If you end up having to do any sort of frame manipulation (ie checker boarding, what-ever), the one size fits all makes it possible. You can't fit a deep frame into a medium box or vice-versa. Unless you are prepared to keep expanding the number of hives/colonies you have (with the same configuration), or messing with a lot of frames.
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