I have been thinking about dummy frames to force the bees to the flow hives too and finally got down to making it happen.
I have two 8 frame hives and the bottom brood boxes are full of bees (started in spring of 2016). So decided to add a Honey box to see if can get a harvest this fall.
8 spacers cost me about $20 and Assembled spacers in 2 hrs
1.Started with a 2x10x12 ft untreated Pine from Lowes. Had Lowes cut it for me an 18" inches wide. Got 8 Blank pieces.
2. Needed 16 L brackets
3. Some wire
So here are the pictures:
Took L Bracket and straightened it.
Screwed the Bracket to the wood using 2" Screws. Note I added some wire to help me lift up spacer using hive tool
Comparing the spacer to a regular frame (Note I have rubbed bee wax on the metal. Am trying not to keep exposed metal in the bee hive):
Spacers in a 8 frame hive (Fit Test):
Spacers and Flow hive in my 1st honey box (4 spacers, 3 flow frames):
The frames on the left is what I took out. They were regular frames.
Spacers and Flow hive in my 2nd honey box (3 spacers, 3 flow frames, 1 regular frame): (Want to see if the bees like regular frame or flow frame)
My hives: ( started with the flow hive and purchased another 8 frame hive. Good thing that parts are inter changeable)