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  • Cleaning / Frame maintenance viewed 84,871 times
    We haven't found the Flow™ comb itself needs cleaning if it stays in the hive. The bees do a great job of keeping it clean. If you remove it from the hive and let it sit around it may need cleaning. You can do this by using hot water (just hot enough to melt wax). A hot water hose is good. Set the Flow™ comb to ‘cell open’ position, this allows the water to flowquite easily through all parts of the frame. 
    We have designed the honey trough at the bottom of the frame so that any remaining honey can drip back into the hive for the bees to use. If the little channel remains clear this works well, however if the bees block it up sometimes you end up with a little honey in the trough at the bottom, which may need cleaning out prior to your next harvest.
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  • My hive has different coloured woods, is it made entirely of western red cedar? viewed 3,122 times
    We decided to use western red cedar as it is a beautiful timber with a remarkably fine and stable grain structure. It has unique fine grain characteristics that minimises shrinkage and swelling, along with being a hard-wearing softwood.
    The colour variation of the grain is cedar's most distinguishing feature and makes it highly sought after as a material for feature joinery. Visually, western red cedar is favoured for its rich and inviting colours. The colour ranges from a yellowish white colour, to pale brown through to a richer dark brown. It has a fine texture and straight grain with growth rings often visible.
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  • What feeders will work with a Flow™ Hive? viewed 7,963 times
    Where we are located in Australia there are flowers most of the year round, so feeding isn’t usually necessary. However many parts of the world have long winters where bees may need to be fed if there are not enough honey stores in their hive to last through the colder months with no flowers.
    Here are some feeders that can fit a flow hive. Note there is lots discussion and debate on feeding bees. The two more popular options seem to be sugar water feeding and dry sugar feeding. 
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  • Leaking honey from my Flow™ Hive viewed 7,574 times
    It's not uncommon for the frames to dribble a bit of honey inside the hive while harvesting.
    Whether there is any dribbles of honey, and how much spills inside the hive, depends on the way the bees have capped the cells and also how you set up your hive for harvest.
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  • Flow Hive & Frames Weights and Dimensions viewed 5,812 times
    All dimensions & weights are in a box, flat-packed, for shipping. Frames are in a separate box from the Flow Hive / Supers.
    Flow™ Hive - Classic Cedar 6 Frame
    660mm x 520mm x 220mm / 26 inch x 20 inch x 8 inch
    14kg / 31lbs
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  • Where can I buy Flow™ hive & frames / What is the price or cost? viewed 182,837 times
    Our online shop is now live and taking orders on our website
    We believe Flow™ to be the gentlest beekeeping system ever developed and are so pleased that so many others feel the same way.
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  • Cleaning / Frame maintenance viewed 84,871 times
    We haven't found the Flow™ comb itself needs cleaning if it stays in the hive. The bees do a great job of keeping it clean. If you remove it from the hive and let it sit around it may need cleaning. You can do this by using hot water (just hot enough to melt wax). A hot water hose is good. Set the Flow™ comb to ‘cell open’ position, this allows the water to flowquite easily through all parts of the frame. 
    We have designed the honey trough at the bottom of the frame so that any remaining honey can drip back into the hive for the bees to use. If the little channel remains clear this works well, however if the bees block it up sometimes you end up with a little honey in the trough at the bottom, which may need cleaning out prior to your next harvest.
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  • Can I use Flow™ in cold or freezing conditions? viewed 81,336 times
    The Flow™ Hive was trialled in Canada by John Gates in the fall of 2014, and no issues were found regarding the cold. Bees keep the hive warm because the brood nest needs to stay around 35 degrees C or 96 degrees F.
    In cold climates it would be recommended to harvest early and often so the possibility of crystallisation is less likely.
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  • Are the Flow™ frames made from BPA free plastic? viewed 68,036 times
    We share your concerns around plastics and have worked hard to find the very best food grade materials.
    The clear viewing ends of the frames are made from a virgin food grade copolyester. The manufactures have assured us that it's not only BPA-free, but it is not manufactured with bisphenol-S or any other bisphenol compounds
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  • What is a Flow™ Hive? viewed 47,517 times
    A Flow™ Hive is our term for a standard beehive that has Flow™ frames in the honey storage part (super).  A honeybee hive is usually made up of; the brood box where the queen bee lays eggs, and the ‘supers’ with honeycomb for the storage of honey. A ‘Flow™ Super’ is a beehive box using Flow™ Frames that the bees store honey in.
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