Re: Newby with Horizontal Hive Build
super nice hive build btw.
I installed two nucs into a similar situation, but I can see that I will run into some of the issues mentioned by other posts on this thread.
I apologize everyone for not being quite ready for prime time, meaning I have no pics to post right now, but I will try to remedy that later today.
I built two boxes which were 19.5" by 19.5" by 22". On April 27th, in each box I placed frames from a langstroth nuc, with custom made double-deep "top-bar" style frames filling out the rest of the hive. The custom frames have a top-bar of 19.5 inches, and with a frame of roughly 17" by 17" glued to it. Those posters with experience will realize that this is not as simple as it sounds and requires some modifications, which for me included adding "lips" to the top of the box that were flush with the "top-bar" frames, but this meant the langstroth frames were "gapped" and the top bars were not. My work around for the gaps was extremely messy so I'm not even going to bother to mention it.
My double-deep frames are foundation-less. I was very pleased yesterday to see that at least one of the hives the ladies are very enthusiastically building comb on the double-deep frame.
Hope to have some pictures to share soon.
Originally Posted by Docsmaple
My grandfather and great-uncle kept bees and my fiancée's grandfather, too. I want to pass this tradition along.