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    Default Spacers - 9 frame in 10 frame box

    Are Dadants and Mann Lakes frame spacers the same? They look similar in their magazines, but can't tell for sure. If they are different what's your opinion them.
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    Default Re: Spacers - 9 frame in 10 frame box

    Don't like the 666 post number above so this makes it 667
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    Default Re: Spacers - 9 frame in 10 frame box

    so what is the problem with 666? it is only symbolic

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    Default Re: Spacers - 9 frame in 10 frame box

    In answer to your question, I have used them from both manufacturer's and see no difference. We run 9 frame spacers in most of our honey supers.
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    Default Re: Spacers - 9 frame in 10 frame box

    What about running 9 frames in the brood box?

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    Default Re: Spacers - 9 frame in 10 frame box

    As for me... I'm only going to run 9 in the honey supers not messin with the brood chambers.
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    Default Re: Spacers - 9 frame in 10 frame box

    Thanks Peter for taking time to explain.

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    Default Re: Spacers - 9 frame in 10 frame box

    psfred.... Just a little different observation. I always use 9 frame spacers in 10 frame equipment when drawing from foundation, or 9 frame spacers (more than one) in 13 frame equipment to draw comb from foundation. True, I sometimes get a little bridgework between top bars, (not a real problem), but I have never had them to drop extra combs, and, I find that I get a better drawn comb when using spacers. I like the 9 frame spacers in the supers to give a little depth to comb as the first time I extract, the comb is fragile. The extra thickness helps prevent blowout of the comb in the extractor. Using 10 frames in the 10 frame super often makes it difficult to uncap some of the frames if they do not draw them out fully.

    I don't recommend spacers in the brood chambers, and I try to use as much drawn comb placed in 8 frame spaced supers for honey. If you are in an area of small hive beetle problems, the spacers give the beetles a place to hide from the bees, so I only use the 9 frame when drawing comb. The top bars are spaced futher apart in an 8 frame spaced super and the beetles can't hide as easily.

    But, certainly, do whatever works for you.

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