I am a urban beekeeper so space is limited for me. I have been using a 5 frame medium rig in my first year. I am looking to experiment with converting to "all" deeps starting next year. My idea is to have two hives mediums (current equip on hand) and install a new package in a deep and then compare through out the year.
I ran the numbers and a 5 frame deep is just shy of a 8 frame medium in square inches for comb. By using my current rig as a baseline I calculated a significant cost savings in equipment and increase in estimated honey stores by converting to deeps.
I'd like to hear from anyone having experience with 5 frame deeps.