I harvested honey from a shallow two weeks ago. I decided to check the two 8 frame deep brood boxes. Top one went smoothly. When I attempted to pry a frame out of the bottom brood box, I broke a narrow shard of wood off the front leaving about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch gap. I haven't been able to think of an easy fix because this hive has always been hot compared to my gentle hive right next to it, and the bees beard on the front. They seem to be attempting a repair using propolis. I usually do a thorough inspection in October. Here in North Carolina the bees are flying most of November. I am thinking I need to replace the bottom hive box before winter. Any suggestions for getting the frames into the new brood box? I am anticipating lots of smoke and stings. As always, thanks to the beekeepers who take the time to offer advice.