Best number of frames in brood box

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ericbeaumont 

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I've got 5mm excess space using 11 frames
The excess space is dependent on the chosen make of frames and can vary; one year I used Abelo frames and discovered the Hoffman bevels to be chamfered; result was that the frames occupied less space and left 10-15mm at the box wall.

I use Maisemore seconds and the 5mm disappears with propolis after a few weeks; it can be retrieved easily by levering away the body of all 11 frames against the box wall; the 5mm regained is used to hoick out the second frame. Takes about 3 seconds.

The great thing about this small flexible end space in the Abelo is that it has freed me from the nuisance and expense of dummy boards.
 
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I prefer 11 plus dummy in my BN and 14 x 12 just for ease of removing first frame without bees on the frame.
 

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11 and a dummy every time, you'll be glad of that extra bit of spare space by the middle of the season
Somewhere not so long ago I think I remember you said you used 11 slot castellation in BBs and only 10 or 9 in supers? So why dummy? Very little use for them unless in splits or whatever.
 

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Somewhere not so long ago I think I remember you said you used 11 slot castellation in BBs and only 10 or 9 in supers? So why dummy? Very little use for them unless in splits or whatever.
I’ve had bees from Emyr. No castellations in his broods.
 

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Somewhere not so long ago I think I remember you said you used 11 slot castellation in BBs and only 10 or 9 in supers
You remembered wrong then - Dani's right, never used castellations in my brood boxes and only ten slot castellations in the shallows (where I don't need dummy boards)
 

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Best number is what is planned gor such certain box. In honey box you may use -1.
 
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