Re: Dartington hive.
I agree the idea is neat on the first look.
Originally Posted by nickhefferan
What is not neat - the high center of gravity with respect to the supports (points of attachments of those swing legs).
Try raising a heavy object with the supports positioned low and the center of gravity positioned high.
As soon as you attempt to start moving the object, you will feel how wobbly the entire thing will be.
Now try to actually move the live hive some distance in less-than-perfect setting (like some remote yard across a creek).
The "palanquin-style" picture demonstrates the flaw perfectly, in fact, if you know what to look for.
The problem is smacked right in front of you to look at.
For the most stability, the center of gravity must be at about the same level as the supports's level (not too high, not too low - about the same is best).
When carrying the loaded hive with the live bees across some rugged terrain, one will appreciate the idea.
Nope - I am not implementing that design.
PS: as a matter of fact, in the pics I posted the center of gravity is a bit too low and I know it (it was done by choice and for a reason); but at least a hive with the bees in it will not flip sideways when a carrier stumbles (could be ugly and best to avoid).
Last edited by GregV; 02-06-2019 at 08:14 AM.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.