I don't have as much experience as everybody else out here so if this question seems ridiculous - let me know why. The other day I was 'trolling' the posting trying to enlarge my knowledge and stumbled across this post, and even commented on it. The post is here - http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...ean-Long-Hives
It seems that in this modified design, the user has potentially created a perfect hive consisting of a 'normal hive', starter/finisher and nuc builder - all within the same hive body. It would seem that you might have created a TBH, using a combination of Langston building materials and created a possibly great hive. With some modifications (additional entrances, a screened bottom, and multiple dividers you could create a single place to make splits for sale and also gather some honey. Here's what I'm proposing - and (be kind) but let me know why this wouldn't work -
1. unsure of the size, as 32 frames seems rather large, but might work in the long run depending on how many frames you want to manage in the initial hive + nucs or double-hive in the same box - besides I could grow as needed. I live in SC so the cold isn't really too much of a factor for me by needing all the extra insulation in the sides, but would need adequate top ventilation to keep all the humidity out during the summer time.
2. i like the ability to use Langston frames for several reasons - similar frames, easy nuc packages, a pre-formed foundation for the bees to build off of - which means less potential 'slop' from erratic comb building, and easy transfer ability later for nucs or into other hives. I could supplement other hives if needed also.
3. solid bottom - got to go as even with TBH's there is a screened bottom for SHB, mite checks, etc. Why couldn't I just use a full screening across the bottom? less space for SHB to hide, and anything that drops, wasn't needed anyway. I could build a 'tray' to slide mite/cardboard onto for mite checks simply enough.
4. by pre-drilling multiple holes in the sides I could create additional hives, or nucs by giving them their own entrances to use. I can use 'full' frames to section them easly enough with this design. If I need to reduce their size in the fall, I just slide the frames around and 'cork up' the extra holes.
5. I can easily move queen cells/brood/honey stores around either within this environment, or from other hives as needed to create nucs.
6. less hardware - over all as I have every thing "in 1 place". with starter/finisher hives I have to have multiple boxes and keep moving from place to place to accomplish this.
7. using pre-made screened sections I'd be able to provide some 'top based' ventilation to keep the sections cooler in the summer.
8. utilizing 'section covers' would allow me to only work in specific area's of the hive that needed manipulation and therefor reduced 'stress' on the whole hive or to the other area's that I'm not interested in. This would be a 'key' idea as I don't know what/how a 32-frame hive would react if you snatched their roof off all at 1 time. LOL
obviously I'm interested in this solution to make a few nucs, expand my known good stock and then later migrate/move them into their own hives and not interested in massive honey production.
that being said, what am i missing, or why wouldn't this work?