No difference. One thing to consider is keeping honey as clean as possible. so using an old deep with old brood comb will have some debris. In the end you will find you have to use what you have. I ran out of supers this year and just had to put on a deep box as a super as thats what i have on hand. Its hard to lift a full shallow for me. doable but when its chest high and you are lifting up it goes right to all the wrong muscles. I will have to pull frames from the deep to move it for sure.Well let me ask it this way... If I already have double deeps with brood in both boxes, do you think it would be a mistake to add another deep as a super? Or who would go smaller in this case? Thanks for all the input so far.
without tooting my own trumpet ive been a body builder for 24 years now and 6 years ago when i started beekeeping i used all deeps ( brood boxes and supers).Well let me ask it this way... If I already have double deeps with brood in both boxes, do you think it would be a mistake to add another deep as a super? Or who would go smaller in this case? Thanks for all the input so far.
If weight is not an issue, IMO go all deeps. The cost of a "frame" is somewhat the same , the deep is 9 5/8 the medium is 6 5/8 so mathematically 2 deeps is very close to the same volume as 3 mediums. However the cost is close to 50% more for the mediums as you have 3 boxes and 30 frames as apposed to 2 boxes and 20 frames. So on a pure cost basis all deeps would be a bit cheaper. Also it is nice to have the same size frames, as you can draw comb in honey flow, extract , then use for increase or more honey. You should consider a radial extractor, deep frames can blow out easier than the mediums.If the weight of the full box is not going be an issue, is there still good reason to use medium 10 frame supers over deep supers? I'm looking for the best bang for my buck since there isn't a significant cost difference for my particular hive.