I bought 200 supers from my wifes grandefather. They all had built in frame spacers. Not anymore! I tried them on 2 or 3 hives before deciding that they had to go. It was a shame, as they were clearly alot of time and money to install, but there isnt a worse gadget in beekeeping if you ask me. I run 10 frames while drawing 5 or more frames of foundation in honey supers, and always 10 frames in the brood nest. 9 in honey supers when not drawing foundation.Many people love them, but I hate them. I have a few deeps that I inherited, that have the nine frame brackets. I wouldn't have done that on my own. The frames are overfilled and odd shaped, cannot use the drawn frames in my regular 10 frame boxes.
I am always afraid that I am going to roll the queen. Because it is a spacing bracket, you cannot just open some space by pulling a frame and then sliding the frames away from the each other. You have to pull them up so they clear the bracket before moving them away from the frame next to it with plenty of opportunity to roll some bees.
I keep thinking one day, i will trim them down and pull out all the brackets.
Brood box or honey super? Start off w/ ten frames of foundation and in supers intended for honey production, once combs are drawn, run nine in those supers and the combs will be drawn deeper. Theoretically you will actually average more honey per super if you run 9 frames in a 10 frame honey super. Often, when 10 frames or used in a honey super, the outside sides of the outside combs don't get filled. In effect the same as running 9 frames. Only the combs aren't as deep, so not as much honey per super.Any thoughts on the merits of using only 9 frames vs. 10?
I do the same....so what if there is one less frame in the brood box, there are two brood boxes! So much easier to work... I do use the frame spacers, but only on ONE side.........it just makes it easier and you can push the frames together on that one side if you wish....works for me..I use nine frames in 10 frame boxes all the time, brood boxes and supers. Works great, if you know what you want and what you do. It helps you to work faster with less danger of killing bees and queens.
Seems like I hear quite frequently on here that 10 frames is a requirement for drawing foundation. We use 9 for all extracting supers and checkerboard what foundation we are drawing in either a 2,4,6,8 or 3,5,7 configuration. Fat drawn combs and skinny foundation? Yes, that can happen but in my experience it's the exception and not the rule and is rarely more than a minor inconvenience. Here is a video of our uncapper doing a couple of boxes of 3,5,7's. I had to work 1 handed, apologies for the camerawork. The new comb does tend to tear a bit and there is an occasional area of cappings that get missed but by and large the foundation runs through much like the neighboring drawn comb.9's are all we use. More efficient in the extracting room, fewer frames to handle and the uncapper doesn't miss much.