Re: Fat beekeeper video - 5 frame vs 8 frame
One thing to keepin mind is that the smaller you go with a box the more material it requires to make that equipment. IT takes one side to enclose the box. that side is the same size wether the box is 5, 8 or 10 frame. the only difference is the length of the ends. So it increases material when you use a full side to hold just 5 frames. it requires a bit more material to use a side for just 8 frames. In short there is more skin on 5 lbs of small potatoes than there is on 5 lbs of larger potatoes.
Also 5 frame boxes would not be nearly as stable as 8 or 10 frames boxes. Much easier to handle and twice as many boxes to sort through than 10 frame boxes. But I tend to think of a hive in number of frames not number of boxes. 20 frames are 20 frames it does not matter to me if they are in 2 or 4 boxes.
5 frame boxes woudl very well serve something I want to explore. And that is managing a hive so it builds down rather than up. I am just getting started but I want to see if bees will build down more readily than adding boxes above them.
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