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  1. #1
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    Default ordered wrong size supers - should I go with them?

    SO, I stupidly underordered withmy first order. I ordered extra supers that came last week, but I had no time to put them together.Just now I'm putting them together and thinking "Good grief, they seem big. . . "
    I go to pop the first one on the bottom board and it is a 10 frame. Look at my receipt and I ordered 15 supers in 10 frame BLECK! I had a gazillion reasons for going with 8 frame including my ability to lift them, winter them etc etc.
    I think to ship them back will cost me an arm and a leg. . . . well, maybe $30-40.
    Should I just order a bottom and cover and go with 10 frame or will I regret it horribly?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: ordered wrong size supers - should I go with them?

    If you don't like them today, you're going to hate them tomorrow (or a year from now)

    I'd send them back, although I use 10 frame stuff. I may try some 8 frame just to see what the hooplah is about.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: ordered wrong size supers - should I go with them?

    I'm in my first year of beekeeping and i have 10 frame gear. I have no health conditions or limitations that make it difficult to lift the 10-frame stuff, so that is what i made. It seems to me that the difference between 8 and 10 frame is something that i would consider negligible. Yes, there are differences, but in your place, I'd just run what you have. Maybe try 8-frame next time you order and then see what you like best.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: ordered wrong size supers - should I go with them?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brad Bee View Post
    If you don't like them today, you're going to hate them tomorrow (or a year from now)

    I'd send them back, although I use 10 frame stuff. I may try some 8 frame just to see what the hooplah is about.
    took the words right out of my mouth.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: ordered wrong size supers - should I go with them?

    They will be much heavier full, than they are empty. believe me, a ten frame deep full of honey is not something you want to carry too far. Make the switch now or you'll regret it later.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: ordered wrong size supers - should I go with them?

    Is there anybody local that may want them for cost? It could save you the shipping, and you break even. Even if you take a loss of a couple of bucks per super, It'll be cheaper than shipping.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: ordered wrong size supers - should I go with them?

    Your choices:

    Send them back.

    Cut them down.

    Use them for swarm traps.

    Sell them to a friend who wants ten frame boxes...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  8. #8
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    Default Re: ordered wrong size supers - should I go with them?

    Depending on your physical strength, 10-frame boxes full of honey could be a big difference compared to 8-frame boxes.

    Easiest solution is to sell the 10-frame boxes on Craigs List, and order the 8-frame boxes, like you wanted. You'll lose some money, but you will lose even more if you use the 10-frame boxes for a season and then decide to get rid of them.,
    --shinbone
    (3rd year, 14 hives, Zone 5b, 5400 ft, 15.8" annual rainfall)

  9. #9
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    Default Re: ordered wrong size supers - should I go with them?

    What matters most is that you stay consistent with your equipment. If you already have 8 frame boxes then stay with 8 frame equipment. You'll be very frustrated in a year or two trying to run bees in two types of equipment.

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