Bee Box Types
The following boxes are the most commonly used boxes for beekeepers: The Langstroth hive, the Top Bar hive, the Flow Hive, and the Warre hive. These are all basic variations of bees living inside of the hallow of a tree. If you imagine an upright tree that is empty inside the bees will draw their honey comb down inside the tree this is like the Langstroth, Warre, and Flow Hive. If the tree were laying on its side and the bees entered the tree and built inside, it would be like a Top Bar hive. This is a very basic explanation, the various hives will be discussed in more detail with bees and their lifestyle and what to expect when you do place bees. Google search the various types of hive boxes for more examples.
The Langstroth hive is by far the most popular hive. This is usually what people see on in the country side, on farm land. It is a rectangular box with 8-10 frames inside, a Top and a bottom. The frame is a rectangle that allows the bees to draw their honey comb all inside of the frame, they will then draw honey comb on the next frame, and so on. They will do this until all of the frames are full of honeycomb, and brood comb. When a beekeeper wants to harvest their honey, they will open the lid and with their hive tool pry apart each frame in order to properly pull them out. They will usually inspect the hive at this time, but then they will extract the honey from their frames and replace them.
There was a movement about 2010 and later where Top Bar hives were all the rave. They are still popular but have been met with opposition. Essentially it is not a big deal, as explained in the introduction, bees will live wherever they want. The top bar has been proven to be a cost effective way for new beekeepers to really become accustomed top beekeeping. The main problems with this hive is usually design. There are numerous ways to design a top bar hive, but the simplest ways are to have a top bar that just sits on the trapezoid shaped hive box. The bees will draw their honey comb from the top bar, down and make a neat trapezoid shape that is what the inside of the hive looks like. They do this because they leave enough space to walk around inside the hive and take care of their honeycomb and brood.
The Flow Hive is the most controversial hive as it is designed to basically tap the beehive like a keg of beer, but with honey coming out of the tap instead of malted drink. The controversy stems from the use of plastic cells, to the idea that brood may be laid inside of the cells as well as the inexperienced beekeeper not being able to successfully keep bees. The provocative fact is that the Flow Hive attracts a lot of brand new beekeepers. Whether or not the faults of the Flow Hive have merit, the best thing that this invention has offered to the world is a very high interest in beekeeping and the general population becoming very intrigued with the idea of keeping bees. Check out kickstarter.com for more info on this cool hive.
The Warre hive is just simply a hive that does not have too much detail to it. The best way to describe the typical design of a Warre hive is to say it’s a cross between a Langstroth hive and a Top Bar hive. The frames are typically like a top bar with a little bit of a side and no bottom. The boxes stack on top of each other like a Langstroth and they are very fun for beekeepers.
There are other types of hives, variations in design of each discussed, but all in all the bees are living inside of something in order to protect their hive. They have 1 entrance and close off all the gaps in order to keep the hive well insulated, and well ventilated when necessary. All the other types of hives also can be “observation hives” where the hive box has glass integrated into the design so the layperson can see the inside of the hive. There is also just fun ways to make a hive look for beekeepers to enjoy their beekeeping just a little more. For more on High Quality Bee Removals in Scottsdale Check out the Best Bee removal Phoenix