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?