8 Frame mediums throughout
I'd say smoke and check every 7 to 10 days in that situation. I don't want my hives swarming, they might make me have to retrieve them from a neighbors wall or somewhere, and I really have a hard time believing they get set back that much when you are considerate of them in the inspections. My hives keep on working as if I'm not even there, storing and feeding and passing off nectar, and the queen just keeps on laying as I watch her. Granted, inspecting every frame in the broodnest is very disturbing and I'm sure it sets them back. But I have to take into consideration my surroundings and the work or setback that might be caused from a swarm issuing.