I agree Philip, obviously Tim Rowe is famous for reinventing a single box just slightly bigger than a standard super when surely the cheapest idea would have been to use supers.I think we are all guilty of trying to reinvent the wheel sometimes ... if it works - don't fix it.
1. Brood boxes (even standard nationals (let alone 14 x 12's) are very heavy when filled with honey - liftng them off in order to inspect the brood box is a recipe for beekeepers back..
2. Adding supers as they are required you are more likely to get full frames filled and capped than you will with brood frames
3. You need a big extractor to spin out sensible numbers of brood frames
If it was a good idea do you not think that everyone would be using it ? If you want to go the single box route and you are not built like the incredible hulk you probably need to look at a smaller box like a Warre or Rose system employ.
There isn't one.what’s the general consensus
I started with all brood thinking that one size fits all and it would simplify my operating but after last years honey flow feeling the weight of those boxes has made me reevaluateHi All what’s the general consensus, I’m presently using nation brood box’s and supers, would there be any benefit to just using one or the other. All brood or all supers.
I use one size (national) but only because commercial and all the efficiencies around doing so.Hi All what’s the general consensus, I’m presently using nation brood box’s and supers, would there be any benefit to just using one or the other. All brood or all supers.