Re: Combining 2 hives
The exact same combine logic works for all hives (vertical or horizontal) - which you can look up.
Originally Posted by JustinS
Your questions are universal and just look up the generic answers; there will be nothing special.
OK, yes, your newspaper will be placed vertically (not horizontally) if you work the horizontal hive.
One significant consideration I can see - each unit will have internal organization oriented with respect to their own separate entry before you start the combine.
It makes sense to close off one of the entrances so that affected unit is forced to start using the other units entrance (otherwise, they have less of a stimuli to join the other unit).
Upon completion of the combine, it will be reasonable to re-arrange the frames to better align with to the entrance to save the bees some unnecessary labor (brood by the entrance; stores farther away).
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame experimentation.