I freeze frames occasionally, for the following reasons:
- I want to kill off wax moths and SHB at the end of the season and then store the frames. In that case, they are only in the freezer for 48 hours
- It is cut comb, and I want to kill off wax moths or SHB before selling it
- It is unripe honey, and I don’t want to extract (or spin) it for some reason
I kept bees for may years without freezing comb, frames or honey. If you don’t freeze cut comb, you will get wax moths in it pretty quickly - very disgusting, so when I didn’t have freezer space, I didn’t harvest cut comb.
I think we need to clarify terms here. To simplify a little, a super is anything above the queen excluder or any box of frames which you intend to use for honey extraction. If it is below the queen excluder, even if it is smaller than a deep box, it is still called a brood box. Of course, if you intend to keep bees without a queen excluder, this doesn’t apply. But then you shouldn’t be using a Flow super, because it gets very messy if the queen starts laying in the plastic frames.
I think you are asking whether if you run on brood and a half, or double brood, will it decrease your honey yield. I think the answer generally is that in the first season it will, because the bees will have more space to fill with stores. However, in later years, they will also have more bees in the colony, so the hive may actually be more productive than single deep brood hives.
Hopefully that answers what you were trying to ask.