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Length of hive bodies

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Hi all

How does changing the length of a hive body influence the operation of the hive?

I'm using the plans found on this site (Langstroth) and the Dadant frames, I converted the measurements to metric. The problem is that I have a space of +- 22mm open after calculating the space needed by 10 frames.

So couldn't one the increase (or shorten) the length of the body to get rid of this open space?

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Steven -

That "extra" space is there for a reason. It allows you room to move frames apart so when you lift a frame of comb out you don't roll all the bees. Simply split the difference and center all your frames in the chamber and you'll have a little extra space on each side. Not a problem.
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