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.
Everything gets darker, as it goes to where there is less light. Darrel Tank (5PM drawing instructor)