I have converted some of my hives to Horizontal Langstroths. They use standard Langstroth equipment, but the box holds around 30 frames. We've had pretty good luck with them. My wife loves them because she can do all of the manipulations herself. She didn't like being relegated to "go-fer" status. The standard boxes were too heavy for her, and after stacking a couple of boxes on a stand, she was too short to look into them without a stool.
Now, I'm mostly the go-fer.
Anyway ... one of the boxes was not well made. The builder used plywood that was too thin, and now one side is beginning to buckle. I'm going to transfer the bees into standard Langstroths tomorrow and take the horizontal hive home for repairs.
My concern is whether I should move the bees back into the horizontal hive as soon as repairs are done (assuming I get it done quickly), or if I should just wait until Spring before I disrupt them again.
I live on the Mid-Coast of Texas, and our winters are pretty mild. We usually only get a couple of days below freezing, so I'm not too worried about the weather.
I doubt the bees would abscond this late in the season, but I'll put a queen excluder between the bottom board and the bottom box. I may be able to rig up a queen excluder for the entrance to the horizontal hive once the repairs are done.
Otherwise, I'm worried about how much disruption this will cause the bees, with two moves in a short amount of time.