What do people who run all mediums use for nucs? I have seen people run two 5 frame medium hive bodies as a medium nuc. Brushy mountain offers this as a standard item. I have also seen people use a single 8 frame medium as a nuc. I did some math comparing the different options and this is what I have come up with:
Deep frame: 19"x 9 1/8" = 173.37 sq inches
Medium frame: 19"x 6 1/4" = 118.75 sq inches
Standard 5 frame deep nuc: 173.37 x 5 = 866.85 sq inches of frame area
Double medium 5 frame nuc (10 frames total): 118.75 x 10 = 1187.5 sq inches
8 frame medium: 118.75 x 8 = 950 sq inches
According to the math, a single 8 frame medium hive body is much closer to a 5 frame deep than using a double 5 frame medium nuc. I suppose the disadvantage to a single 8 frame medium is that the hive is much shorter than it is wide, which goes against bees tendency to move up instead of out. If you ran all 8 frame equipment though, it would be very easy to winter an 8 frame nuc on-top of another colony and all your other components would be compatible (covers, bottom boards, hive top feeders, ext)
Any input on the pros and cons of the different methods? Or am I completely over-thinking this (I am an engineer so I tend to translate everything into numbers).