I'll be starting my first hive this season. I own a brick two-flat in Chicago with a flat roof. The building faces south with a cornice at the top.
My thoughts were to locate the back of the hive near the cornice which would act as a windbreak and provide some shade in the late afternoon.
The entrance to the hive will be facing east. I've read so much about the 8-frame vs. 10-frame hive that my head is about to explode.
All I want to know is, would it be better for the bees to use the traditional 10-frame hive body with 2-3 honey (medium) supers or
five 8-frame honey supers (no hive body). I've been considering the latter due to the potential weight of the supers and the fact that the
hive is on the roof where using a ladder is the only access. This is Chicago where winter can be brutal some seasons.
I really want to do what's best for the bees.