Ok might up set few people on this posting ,
Being realistic , lang stroth design , has been around for a long time! ! It is a great hive !, it is 1/2 to 3/4 boards and was designed 80 plus years ago in a specific area, its popularity grew because of ease to use ,
So we do not live in our great grand parents homes built a 100 plus years ago! We all have evolved, meaning we live in insulated super good sense homes , yet bees are expected to live in hives that were designed to be in southern mild climates , then bees die after a cold wet winter while we all live in super good sense homes , then some people are so dense. They live in nice warm house! Then their bees that are in northern climates , die (winter kill , weakened because of chemicals, really ?
Would you let your parents , or kids live in a un insulated house ? Us as bee keepers have to open our eyes ! Some hives are design for warmer climates, I am just saying for colder climates maybe us hobbyist should take common sense pill , yes it's cheap for lang stroth hive , but we should step up for the bees ,