As many people on this board GET SMALL, I still believe in going LARGE. I read a lot about 8 frame hives, medium depth brood chambers and top bar hives, and small cell versus large cell. Brother Adam studied hive sizes for decades and settled on a twelve frame hive with 11 1/4" deep brood frames and medium depth supers. I have run some of these since 1979, and now have had for a few years six mounted on this small trailer with SBB's. I have been suffering 50% loss for a few winters now (on my SC hives also), so my trailer only had three overwintered hives on it going into the flow. One swarmed itself into oblivion after filling two supers, two made a nice crop, an April swarm dumped into one produce three supers. Memo stands next to one that also drew out 12 brood combs as a honey super. It must have weighed 100lbs.