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Modify a Beemax or styrofoam bee hive to fit Flow hive


#1

Has anyone modified a Beemax or other styrofoam hive to fit The Flow Hive?


#2

Surely you don’t need to.
Can you not put a flow super on an ordinary 10 frame lang?


#3

I see no reason to put the flow frames in a beemax. I wouldn’t leave them on in the winter and insulation would be the only real impetus I would assume for wanting to. Use the Beemax for the brood nest. Put the flow frame box on top. If it’s a ten frame flow frame box then you need nothing else. If it’s an eight frame, then cut a 1 x 3 20" long and put on the side.


#4

Beemax also keeps the bees cooler in the summer. I had a wooden hive this summer and the bees were thick all over the outside. I changed to Beemax and have had no other problems… bees stayed inside after that.


#5

I have polystyrene hives and I wouldn’t go back to wood. Just use them as spares. Supers are wood though


#6

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Flow Frames on Paradise Poly boxes, middle hive has a modified 10 frame box holding 7 flow frames.


Flow and Paradise Hive Box
#7

@BruceLonsdale
Hi Bruce. Well done there. Do you know of anyone else who has done this - I haven’t seen it before and thought they weren’t compatible? Any tricks to get them to join together?


#8

Hi Dan,
The flow box just sits nicely on the little ridge on the poly boxes.Water can’t get in, the excluder fits ok too.


#9

Thanks for that Bruce, that is great. A good option to consider in the cooler climate.