Quantcast

Smith Hive Crown Board

Beekeeping Forum

Help Support Beekeeping Forum:

FenBee 

House Bee
Joined
Mar 25, 2009
Messages
213
Reaction score
0
Location
UK
Hive Type
langstroth
Number of Hives
6
If anyone uses a Smith hive and needs a spare crown board, I bought one in error, so it's free to a good home, the crown board is new and unused. You will need to pay the postage, which I shall find out if there is interest.
 

burch 

New Bee
Joined
Mar 26, 2009
Messages
59
Reaction score
0
Location
northants uk
Hive Type
none
Number of Hives
2
hi fenbee i am currently using smith hives. can i take you up on the offer i could pick the m11 every other weekend
 

FenBee 

House Bee
Joined
Mar 25, 2009
Messages
213
Reaction score
0
Location
UK
Hive Type
langstroth
Number of Hives
6
Hi burch, it is yours, I have sent you a PM.
 

G and T 

New Bee
Joined
Apr 19, 2010
Messages
9
Reaction score
0
Location
West cumbria
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
1
Can you advise me about smith hives. I am a total begginer and have been offered 3 second hand complete hives but no frames for £100. Is this a good move or should I save up for Nationals?
 

MuswellMetro 

Queen Bee
Joined
Oct 1, 2009
Messages
6,512
Reaction score
18
Location
London N10
Hive Type
14x12
Can you advise me about smith hives. I am a total begginer and have been offered 3 second hand complete hives but no frames for £100. Is this a good move or should I save up for Nationals?
topbee space, frames national size but with short lugs

my cousin has them and like them, but spares are expensive, go for them...you could always sell them to me

AND welcome G&T...
 
Last edited:

G and T 

New Bee
Joined
Apr 19, 2010
Messages
9
Reaction score
0
Location
West cumbria
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
1
thanks a million! There are lots of spare bits and bobs and I only aim to have 2 hives. Just need to source some bees now!!
 

MuswellMetro 

Queen Bee
Joined
Oct 1, 2009
Messages
6,512
Reaction score
18
Location
London N10
Hive Type
14x12
thanks a million! There are lots of spare bits and bobs and I only aim to have 2 hives. Just need to source some bees now!!
spares may be easier "upNorth" http://www.scottishbeekeepers.org.uk/learning/documents/number 6 smith hive.pdf ...the thicker walls give extra insualtion

your bees will come on national frames...so you will need to modify the frrame before it will fit the smith...cuting 3/4 in off each end...err i think, check on cushmans site

http://www.dave-cushman.net/bee/bs_smframes.html
 
Last edited:

Midland Beek 

Drone Bee
Joined
Oct 18, 2009
Messages
1,969
Reaction score
0
Location
South Staffs
Hive Type
none
your bees will come on national frames...so you will need to modify the frrame before it will fit the smith...cuting 3/4 in off each end...err i think, check on cushmans site[/url]
The Smith is similar to National. There certainly ain't nothing wrong with Smith hives.

However, you got a problem if you buy a nuc on National frames, because you will find that you will have to cut off about 5mm from each end of the frames to get them to sit on the runners inside the box. Otherwise the top bars will be too long.

Either that, or somewhow try to replace the top bars with shorter ones.

Both 'fixes' are just not very do-able with frames that are inhabited by bees.

You need a swarm or a nuc on Smith frames. I've actaully got the latter but guess that you are way too far away.
 
Last edited:

MuswellMetro 

Queen Bee
Joined
Oct 1, 2009
Messages
6,512
Reaction score
18
Location
London N10
Hive Type
14x12
The Smith is similar to National. There certainly ain't nothing wrong with Smith hives.

However, you got a problem if you buy a nuc on National frames, because you will find that you will have to cut off about 5mm from each end of the frames to get them to sit on the runners inside the box. Otherwise the top bars will be too long.

Either that, or somewhow try to replace the top bars with shorter ones.

Both 'fixes' are just not very do-able with frames that are inhabited by bees.

You need a swarm or a nuc on Smith frames. I've actaully got the latter but guess that you are way too far away.
My cousin uses bolt cutters....crunch, done...and as G&T is near scotland, you get smiths nucs quite easily from scotland..and its more than 5mm, the rebates are 12mm on a smith, on a nationals the rebates are 31mm ( 19 +12),, so it 19mm ( 3/4 inch) off each end...i know i have done it vfor my cousin..cut them for a nuc i made up from a split
 
Last edited:

G and T 

New Bee
Joined
Apr 19, 2010
Messages
9
Reaction score
0
Location
West cumbria
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
1
we are only a couple of hours away and prepared to travel if you can help us out
 

Latest posts

Top