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Hi all,

I'm advised to use BS Manley frames in my supers and Hoffman frames in my brood box, although I appreciate that it's all personal preference and the like.

Does anyone on here use BS Manley frames at all? What are the advantages of them in general?

Thanks in advance.

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I do.

R.O.B Manley invented them in the 1930's to save extracting time. In a standard National Super there are 8 frames instead of 11.

If you are considering Cut comb they are the way to go.

Also the side bars effectively give you a 2nd inner wall on two sides.

I recommended them to my beginners classes and still do.

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Have heard they will only fit into certain extracters, on account of the bars being wider. Is this right?
 

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I use manley in my supers. Its all I have used so far for my supers so cant say on other super frame types. I use hoffman self spacing in my brood box.
 

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Would it be correct to say, if you take out 1 standard and space 10 standard frames equally it will do the same job as Manley frames? A Bee Keeper of 30+ years in Bee Keeping told me to do this.


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To a point but you will miss out on the innner wall aspect.

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I've bought 50 Manleys, but not employed them yet. I thought that not only the spacing, but also the ease of de-capping was an important feature.

BB, Manley side bars are wide all the way down and fit closely together with no space in between, so the the side bars form a 'wall' one bee-space away from the side wall of the hive. (at least I think that's right but I'm a newbee).

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Yes, now I understand, this leeds me to think how a 2nd inner wall would be an advantage in the summer time when temps are high. Maybe there is another reason.

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Cool as well as hot.

However the main reason is the comb thickness. Excellent cut comb. Just plain better.

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I use Manleys in my supers. Had to take a hacksaw to my extractor though...:(
 

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