A Single Box For Brood and Honey
Unlike conventional Langstroth hives, the Beecentric Hive uses eight-frame medium boxes for both brood and honey. No need to worry about purchasing separate boxes or two sizes of frames. The only difference between a brood box and honey super is what’s in them. This is especially helpful for splitting colonies or making nucs. With a common size box, splitting a hive is easy – simply transfer brood, pollen, and some frames of honey from an established hive into an empty hive box. No need to worry about mismatched frame and box sizes. Everything is consistent.
Increase Winter Survival Rates
Eight frame medium boxes are ideal for over-wintering because they are the same width as the brood nest and overwintering cluster of bees. With less space to heat, the bees don’t have to work as hard. In larger 10-frame hives, it’s not uncommon for overwintering bees to starve when the temperature drops down, and they’re unable to reach honey contained within the outer two frames. The 8-frame hive eliminates this problem by matching the hive to the natural dimensions of the bee cluster making is a must have feature for cooler climate beekeepers.
When filled with honey, eight-frame medium boxes weigh between 40 and 50lbs. In contrast, ten-frame deep boxes filled with honey can weigh between 75 and 90lbs.