National Beehive Dimensions and statistics
External dimension - 18 1/8" square
Brood body depth - 8 7/8"
14” x 12” brood body depth -
Depends on whether you are doing top bee space or bottom bee space .. remember the previous thread about bee space ... if you leave less than 6.5mm they will propolise it ... more than 9.5mm and they will fill it with free comb.Do I buy 9x1 timber for the brood box or 10x1. In saying that, I don't think I can buy the timber in 10x1. How much room is a bee suppose to need above the frame to the other frame
Perfect , exactly what I need. So going by your plans, it's 3/4 timber I need for the hives instead of inch.Do I buy 9x1 timber for the brood box or 10x1. In saying that, I don't think I can buy the timber in 10x1. How much room is a bee suppose to need above the frame to the other frame
7mm to be cut off if you use your own frame rails, if not just chamfer the top, page 26 shows the chamferWe question about those plans. On page 2 it shows 7mm right at the end of the timber. How far do I cut into the timber. I'm thinking this is for the hand rail to sit on
You can buy metal frame rails for national hives, the idea is bees don't propolise them as much and frames can be moved easier, this applies to the chamfer as well, the smaller the contact between frame and hive the less likely of propolis.What do you mean when you say if I use "my own" frame rail. As for the chamfer cut, why the need for this instead of a straight cut
In not redwood, but here it is again.Hi there,
Any chance you could send that PDF file again I would like the plans to build a hive but the PDF won't open.
Worth remembering the Original National hive was an attempt to standardize beehives and its size was able to happily cope with the demands of the "local bees" in use at the time, and also with many of today's local bee colonies. It was modified to its current design (Improved National) due to wood shortages in the war, hence slightly thinner wood was used and instead of a double wall at one end the rebate was introduced to save even more wood. The original had a small scalloped ingress hand hold...I have one it's much heavier.The National Standard is a very inefficient design and wasteful of space as the walls are inset from the gross external dimension.
I use 3 langstroths as brood boxes, and if it is not enough, the queen can go to next box.I run Langstroth jumbos: big enough for most bees - 80,000 cells. In UK National terms that is 17x12..
Modiifed Dadant is the same frame size..