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  1. #1
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    Default 8 Frame vs 10 Frame? Pros and Cons..

    After going thru Grandpa's stuff, I notice most of his stuff was 8 frame. He used deeps and shallows, no mediums. He tinkered with Foundationless. He made and sold comb honey. He did not have an extractor.

    As I build my hives for the coming year, I am kicking around making some 8 frame hives. I have noticed that bees are reluctant to use the outer frames of a 10 frame. Do they do the same with 8? Other than weight of handling, what are the advantages of an 8 frame hive over a 10 frame? Or disadvantages?

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    Default Re: 8 Frame vs 10 Frame? Pros and Cons..

    I really thought long and hard about 8 vs. 10 before I started using langstroth hives, and ended up choosing 8's - Deeps and mediums.

    For me, it's the smaller interior and the ease of lifting when compared to the 10 frame. I'm also using narrow frames in the brood nest.

    Adam

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    Default Re: 8 Frame vs 10 Frame? Pros and Cons..

    You won't regret it Adam.
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    Default Re: 8 Frame vs 10 Frame? Pros and Cons..

    I'm told bees like to build up so it would make sense to use 8 frames

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    Default Re: 8 Frame vs 10 Frame? Pros and Cons..

    They definantly use the outer frames in 8 frame equipment.
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    Default Re: 8 Frame vs 10 Frame? Pros and Cons..

    If I had to start again I would go 8. Now that I have 700 Deeps it would be hard to change.

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