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    Default 9 Frame Spacer

    I extracted for the first time Saturday. I think I want to try to use 9 frames next year. My intention is to get the comb to stick out more so I can better use the hot knife.


    What is your experience using a 9 frame spacer in a 10 frame hive? Does it work as planned? Lots of thick honey comb that protrudes out from the frame?

    thanks

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    Default Re: 9 Frame Spacer

    Works just as you have stated. You may even want to try 8 frame spacers.........many do..........
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    Default Re: 9 Frame Spacer

    When I give the hive a super with foundation, I use ten. It seems like they draw the comb better....without as many bridges and more evenly. When giving them frames with drawn comb, I use 9 for much the same reason as you want.
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    Default Re: 9 Frame Spacer

    My suggestion .. forget the spacer.

    They can get gunked up with propolis and wax which makes the frames more difficult to remove. The end bars are in a cradle and you cannot slide them sideways with your hive tool to break the seal.

    Just space the 9 or 8 frames out evenly in the box. Also, if you decide to go back to 10 frames in that box there is nothing you need to remove. For me it keeps things simple and allows adaptability. That's just my preference, everyone has their own management style they are comfortable with.
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    Default Re: 9 Frame Spacer

    The spacer doesn't have to stay in the hive does it? What I saw was a trapezoid shaped tool to aide in getting the space even.
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    Default Re: 9 Frame Spacer

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebird View Post
    The spacer doesn't have to stay in the hive does it? What I saw was a trapezoid shaped tool to aide in getting the space even.
    I just use the tool with a handle. I think he was refering to the folks that install permanent spacers.

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    Default Re: 9 Frame Spacer

    There are spacers that nail in that you leave in the hive. The other type is used like a comb, (in theory anyway), keeps spacing the same.

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    Default Re: 9 Frame Spacer

    1+ not using the nail in spacers. i spent a lot of time last year putting them in, and twice as much time this year taking them out.

    the biggest problem is that they give small hive beetles too much sanctuary. and it is harder to get the frames out as mentioned above.

    i just eyeball the spacing for the nine frames in my honey supers, (still use ten in the brood chamber). and yes, your honey combs will get drawn out thicker making them easier to uncap with the knife.
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