Re: Number of boxes ?
Frank, I am like eric in this regard. For a commercial beekeeper that is essentially in the apiary every day, I can see a cost benefit, but for those of us that are backyard beekeepers and maybe get into the hives once or twice a month, a single box seems like a recipe for disaster. I run two deeps and a medium and it is still hard at times to keep them from getting honeybound. JM2C.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.