I am in the process of building my own horizontal hive and adapting it for use with the honey flow frames. I am using Leo Sharashkin’s basic plans for a 31 deep frame here: http://horizontalhive.com/how-to-build/long-langstroth-plans.shtml
He also has plans for using the freeman oil pans for SHB issues–I can honestly say these things are the devils own and should die, die, die!
Question: Instead of using smelly, sloppy oil, can I put in some diatomaceous earth in the trays? Is there any chance of this stuff being transferred into the hive by the beetles? That would be bad for my girls! I don’t know how quickly the stuff kills but I like the idea of it being a bit cleaner than old oil. Also, seems like I wouldn’t have to worry so much about the hive being perfectly level to accommodate liquid oil. There isn’t much room for error with those shallow trays.
Also, Is there a preference on the orientation of the slots of the queen excluder–veritical for horizontal?
Lastly, it makes sense to me to place the flow frames near the center of the box. This would force the bees to fill the flow frames first then when we near the dearth, I can remove the flow frames and put in regular lang deeps for them to work. We have a brief but good fall flow here that I allow the girls to keep for themselves. This has worked well for me in the past.
We are having a winter here like we haven’t seen in 20 years. Very cold for the mid south (USA) enough for the local ponds to freeze over. Been too wet and cold for me to even take a peek into the hive to check on the candy boards. Supposed to warm up into mid-upper 40’s in the next couple of days. Hope I don’t find starved bees
I would love to hear more from those who have already converted to the long hive about their experiences and any unexpected differences/ issues.
LOOKING FORWARD TO SPRING!!!