- May 26, 2011
- Reaction score
- Hive Type
- Number of Hives
Indeed. The Dave Cushman site was a store of much technical and historical detail. There's nothing wrong with opinion, there are thousands of blogs out there full of it, and none of them with anything to back it. The problem is presenting opinion as fact on what was previously an exemplary site of accumulated detail and recorded experience....14x12 is the "extra deep".
The Deep National is the one that takes "DN" frames, which is the errr ... "standard brood box"...
The British Standard National Hive is defined in ' Advisory Leaflet 367 - "The British National Hive",
Published 1961, Reviewed and reprinted 1970' and previous editions from the 1940s. As quoted on SBKA website.
It clearly refers to the 8 7/8 inch box as "The Deep box is designed to take up to eleven British Standard frames with
long (1 1/2" ) lugs." Note the capital letter, and the brood chamber being "one or more deep (brood) boxes," in contrast to the "shallow" or " shallow super".
Trying to relabel 14x12 as "Deep" when the 14x12 format is not even acknowledged in the standard documentation is just a futile attempt to rewrite history. The text is far from perfect, it mixes dimensions (deep or shallow) with position (super) or practical use (brood or honey super). But use of the terms is clear and has been written in the standards documentation more than 70 years. Too late to change it now.