Common Problems With The Design of The Modern Langstroth Beehive And How To Fix
The modern Langstroth hive has revolutionized the beekeeping world and is by far the most successful hive design on the planet. Langstroth’s discovery of bee-space and the creation of the movable frame was such a game changer than it single-handily enabled the commercial beekeeping industry that we see today. Unfortunately, some aspects of the design [Read more…]
An Edmonton Flow Hive Review
If you’re thinking about beekeeping, you’ve probably heard about Flow Hives. Heck, if you’re thinking about beekeeping, it’s probably because of Flow Hives! I can’t think another piece of modern beekeeping equipment that has captured the imaginations of potential beekeepers as this “honey-on-tap” contraption. But does it work? Is it worth the price? (Around $1000 Canadian*) Does it really make keeping bees easier? And, because we’re at BeecentricHive.com can it be used with other styles of hives to make them less expensive and more effective? Here’s my take.
The Flow Hive Is A New Way of Extracting Honey (Not A New Hive)
The first thing to understand about the Flow Hive is that it’s not [Read more…]
A Beautiful Warre Roof Protects From The Elements
The Beecentic Hive is topped off with a beautiful Warre Roof built to shed the elements. This sloped roof design protects the hive from rain, wind, and snow while ensuring adequate insulation and ventilation. Designed to fit over the top quilt, you don’t need to worry about the wind blowing this one off! Oh, did we mention that it also looks great!
The Warre Top Quilt Keeps Honeybees Warm and Dry
A Warre top quilt is a shallow box that sits on top of the hive and is filled with a bedding material such as straw, sawdust, or wood chips. The quilt box has a 1/8th-inch wire mesh bottom that separates the hive from the bedding material and prevents moisture from building up. Over time, the bees add or remove propolis from the mesh to regulate the airflow. The top quilt is ideal for over-wintering bees, as it provides insulation from the elements while allowing moisture to escape the hive.
- provides winter insulation
- prevents condensation on the inner cover (there is no inner cover)
- allows moisture to escape the hive
- bedding can be changed at any time without opening the hive
- increases winter survival rates