Drawn comb in semicircular hive body vs trapezoidal body.
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    Default Drawn comb in semicircular hive body vs trapezoidal body.

    Has anyone noticed that comb drawn in a semicircular hive body is more compact and less likely to slough off compared to those drawn in a trapezoidal body. There is simply more surface area on the bar relative to the depth of the comb. I've also noticed that the semicircular comb has a more uniform thickness and less likely to thin at the bottom of the hive body. I have semicircular top bar hives and trapezoidal, and in this crazy Texas heat I'm considering switching to all semicircular. I also get less brace comb with hives having the semicircular bodies.

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    Default Re: Drawn comb in semicircular hive body vs trapezoidal body.

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeWeirdAustin View Post
    Has anyone noticed that comb drawn in a semicircular hive body is more compact and less likely to slough off compared to those drawn in a trapezoidal body. There is simply more surface area on the bar relative to the depth of the comb. I've also noticed that the semicircular comb has a more uniform thickness and less likely to thin at the bottom of the hive body. I have semicircular top bar hives and trapezoidal, and in this crazy Texas heat I'm considering switching to all semicircular. I also get less brace comb with hives having the semicircular bodies.

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    That is the Catenary Arc! seen everywhere in nature for a good reason.
    Frank

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    Default Re: Drawn comb in semicircular hive body vs trapezoidal body.

    Yes, I've noticed that as the new comb grows it maintains the catenary arc form then it starts to conforms to the semicircular shape of the hive. It's pretty cool to see this arc when you pull a bar out with festooning bees.

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    Default Re: Drawn comb in semicircular hive body vs trapezoidal body.

    Please post photos. I can’t imagine what you are describing.

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    Default Re: Drawn comb in semicircular hive body vs trapezoidal body.

    Sorry I wasn't very clear I just found this pic on my phone, I have pics at home of comb from my Kenyan top bar hives IMG_0115.jpg

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    Default Re: Drawn comb in semicircular hive body vs trapezoidal body.

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeWeirdAustin View Post
    Sorry I wasn't very clear I just found this pic on my phone, I have pics at home of comb from my Kenyan top bar hives IMG_0115.jpg

    That pose looks a bit like bee yoga! Nice frame.
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    Default Re: Drawn comb in semicircular hive body vs trapezoidal body.

    Quote Originally Posted by crofter View Post
    That pose looks a bit like bee yoga! Nice frame.
    Hey! Not a bad idea! I can see bee yoga really taking off in weird Austin!
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