- May 2, 2019
- Reaction score
- UK - Hampshire
- Hive Type
- Number of Hives
I have only used manilys in supers, so have no experance with other frames. I have had no wild come problems either. I tried 9 frames on 2 supers. I found the extra weight of the 9-frames when full to be inconvenient to lift. 9 frames is also harder to handle with a 2/4 extractor (if you like to extract 1 super at a time like me). You also end up with a mix of fat (for 9 frame) and thin (10 frame) super frames.Can't quite see the benefit of paying extra for Manleys, again for castellations and combining the two.
Yes, 9-frame castellated boxes hold more (in good years, 4.5 lbs/SN frame) but in the end I found it too much of a fiddle and converted to Manleys rammed up tight with a board at the end, or a cut-down frame, to fill the space and hold them so. That way, carrying boxes out of a field held no fear of frames slapping about and leaking.
Not had wild comb in-between Manleys.
So 9 frames has its + and - points.
This year I am going for cut-comb too, so I will be going back to 10 frames.