Frequently Asked Questions
Adding brood boxes or supers of different wood-types
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Due to different supply sources and manufacturers, there is a small variance in the thickness of timber between some of our products, including those created from different wood sources – Cedar, Araucaria or Paulownia and also between the different styles of hives including Classics and Flow Hive 2’s. Consequently, mixing brood boxes or supers of different timber-type or style may result in a minor overhang of up to 5mm.
Although this gap should not be significant enough to allow bees to escape, the boxes will not sit completely flush with each other and there may also be differences in the appearance of the handles and fixtures included on the boxes.
This should not impair the functionality of the hive as the internal dimensions should still align – it is best to centre the brood boxes so that only a small overhang will appear on all sides rather than on just one panel.
It is also important to note when using brood boxes with different timber or style types, there can be an issue with applying a roof of a different style or timber type directly onto a non-matching brood box. This can be overcome when adding a second brood box to a Flow Hive created from a different timber source, by placing it under the matching brood box rather than above it.
We have many Flow beekeepers who choose to mix-and-match timber types and styles, without any qualms.
Please contact our customer support team for clarification on sizing if you are concerned about product compatibility.