I am new to beekeeping - have had 2 hives since May. I quickly discovered that I cannot lift a 9 frame medium box full of honey, so I want to convert to smaller boxes as well as converting to natural comb. 9 1 3/8" frames in a standard box leave 2.5" of space. On the bushbees site, under frame width FAQs, it says that 9 frames in a standard 10 frame box leaves too much space causing irregular comb. If I reduce my frame size to 1 1/4" then 8 frames in a 13 3/4 box leaves 2.25" play. Isn't this also too much? Should I use 9 frames in an 8 frame box (making it heavier) or should I reduce the box dimensions? What would the ideal dimensions be?