A long hive from deep boxes
Yea, I first seen a long hive at the local beekeepers meeting. Thought I'd use my extra deep brood boxes.
My personal opinion after taking the time to build all this is to just get yourself some new wood, something for legs, slap it together,
and be done with it. I've tried to take a simple idea and make it way to complicated.
I dropped (routered) the frame rest down slightly and used standard wired foundationless frames.
Left myself the option of top bars by putting 10 unused top bar as the top cover. This is also letting me
have the abiltiy to open any part (a few bars) of hive without disturbing the rest. I have an extractor, so I'll
probably stay with removable "wired foundationless" frames and sling my honey instead of crushing comb when using top bars. (the dropped rest/frames and flat top bars equal correct 5/16" bee space)
The more I read on the management of the horzontal hives, the bees will probably not use the back 3rd hive. So this will be blocked off or maybe still used to feed
in and I will be supering above the brood nest for excess honey.
The holes through each connecting walls were cut at the 120/60 deg. angle (used in the KTBH) and small removable top bars placed there.
2 - 2X4's where ripped to form 1 complete long screened bottom board.
A long stand was built for all of this. Made it to bring top of hive about belly button high.
A full metal roofing with light frame covers it all. I thought the tie down rope looked kind of goofy
but it has been a real asset when getting the roof off by myself.
A package was installed into this hive on April 1, 2006. It has been doing very well and keeping up with
my Langstroth hives just fine. I've been moving empty frames forward as needed and everything looks fine so far. They are filling in
front box well but I will be watching to see how they make their way into the second box.