Re: should i use all mediums or deeps and mediums ?
I started with both and currently have built up enough deeps to make up 4 double deep hives. so 8 deep boxes. that was in one season before I had "Made my decision". Nothing that will break the bank. I made all my boxes so that is not an issue. but I purchased all the foundation and some of the frames. I will say there is a bit of regret even at this point at that expense.
I would still go with both but maybe try to start the bees foundationless to reduce the sting of changing to just one later. maybe 10 sheets of foundation to get the first box and a half going.
As for my choice. I plan to go all Med. Yes it is more expensive for the same volume but one I do not like lifting a full deep of honey. the person that decided a box should be that big does not like themselves. Just like the guy that figured out how big to make a square bale of hay.
I also noticed that for me even a full deep frame of honey is on the awkward side. I am not out to set any records. I want to get the job done and when I am done be stress free. Getting ticked off at frames that are so heavy you can't lift them with all the pinch you have in 6 fingers does not fit my profile. Plus it is just to close to being dropped even when I do have a hold of it for me. That may be a minor issue but still the little things add up.
Finally I have two daughter and my wife tend to like to help with my hives. If I find it umcomfortable to lift a full deep. I obviously cannot expect them to do it. They could team up if necessary.
In the end I prefer to "Do it right" and I mean right for myself and those helping me. I can cut down all those deep fraems or make up deep nucs and sell them off. In all I do not need to repeat the cost but I may have paid a bit more than I needed to and will have to invest a lot more work than was necessary.
In the end I would do it this way again just to come up with that for me very clear reason I am choosing what I am. This way every time I have to put together or pay for that extra box. I am perfectly clear on what I am paying for.
All work and no play makes a happy bee.