So I eventually got my Flow-Light from the crowdfunder contribution I made. I have 10 Langstroth hives but I purchased the Flow Hive as I am developing a demonstration farm and need alternatives to everything.
I must say that it is an interesting innovation but has yet to be tested over time and, although a very unique way in getting people interested in bees and beekeeping, it won’t take-off in South Africa simply due to price and economics…and the fact that the wood has not been waterproofed with Waxol or similar bee-friendly treatment.
Here is a comparison:
10 frame Langstroth complete (super, brood box, queen excluder, roof and waterproofed with Waxol = ZAR 750-00 delivered.
4 frame Flow-light box incomplete (not assembled, not waterproofed and requires Langstroth additions) = ZAR 6393-00 delivered in town.
I must say that those that have seen it find it very interesting but lose interest totally once they hear the price.
So well done to Flow Hive but I don’t think you’ll be getting much business from the developing countries whose currencies are so weak…which is a pity really.