What are the chances of finding a supplier that would double the length of the sidebars for some double deep frames? Thanks!
For those that want to use a standard Langstroth sized honey extractor you can use the Lazutin Extra Deep Split Frame Model #LXDSF
Just unscrew the brackets on the sides and frame will split allowing insertion in a standard honey extractor. 2 inches of starter foundation is sealed to the top bar on this frame. If you have standard deep Langstroth wood frames you can attach a lower frame to it. Part # LBF1.
Pricing and availability will soon follow.
That's the idea - not much work is to be done in such a big box - it is pretty automatic (as long as the bees don't die without treating).A double deep would be something else to heft when full of honey. Even a double medium would be a handful. Though if the idea is to have a stationary brood box, I guess you would not be doing a lot of pulling frames.
Pictured below on your left is a regular deep in front of a dadant depth frame and on the right is a medium frame in front of a double medium. I wont be putting bees on them till next season.
Although I favour deep hives myself, there has been one example of the opposite philosophy which continues to haunt me - it was a video which Greg posted about a commercial guy who runs an operation based on what are essentially 6-frame nuc boxes. He increases the hive to 12 frames (2 boxes) only at the beginning of the season in order to generate the required size of work-force - but as soon as that is reached, he reduces back to a 6-frame brood box again, which proves to be of sufficient size to maintain the number of workers throughout the season. Although it's a method contrary to what I do myself - I can certainly see the logic behind it. If I was a honey-farmer, that way of working would be very appealing.I tried that years ago and quickly quit. [..] Frames too big and heavy to work them. No way to extract. Too much honey stuck in brood chamber. If you do it, use a five or eight frame hive to push the honey up into the supers.
I read your writings, odfrank.I tried that years ago and quickly quit. Do a Beesource search for Gargantua hives.
Frames too big and heavy to work them. No way to extract. Too much honey stuck in brood chamber. If you do it, use a five or eight frame hive to push the honey up into the supers.
Yep....... video which Greg posted about a commercial guy who runs an operation based on what are essentially 6-frame nuc boxes...... If I was a honey-farmer, that way of working would be very appealing.