I produce several tons of honey a year. Even if I was given enough Flowhives for free I would not go "mainstream". As it stands now I bring my crop indoors and process in a sanitary, weatherproof, robber free facility. It doesn't make sense that I transport hundreds of cases of jars in cardboard boxes out into the weather and robber bees, and then have my crew sit there for hours while our thick honey slowly drains into bottles fighting off robber bees all the meanwhile? Our hives can produce several Flowsupers full over several months. We would be full time draining Flow supers monthly March, April, May, August.
And then there is the problem of winter stores. I certainly don't want the Flow on all winter getting our fall granulating crop in it. So one carefully has to manage additional boxes to have some winter stores.
The Flow makes sense for the one or two hive keeper but the technology has a long way to go for larger keepers.
Originally Posted by Michael Bush
All of my opinions and suggestions are based on my five decades of actual beekeeping,
not so much on book learning, watching YouTube videos nor reading internet sites.