Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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What do I need to check before I harvest from my Flow Hive? viewed 35,781 times

It is important to check that the Flow Frames are fully capped and ready, before harvesting.

If it is your first time, we recommend that you open the hive (with a smoker and protective gear) and lift out the Flow Frames for inspection so that you get to know what that end-view window is telling you. It’s not uncommon for bees to fill the frames in different ways – some frames may appear full, while the centre remains empty and some colonies will fill a frame and avoid the last cells in the window.

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How much honey comes out of a Flow Hive or Super? viewed 84,162 times

When the Flow Super is full, you can expect to harvest approximately 3 kg (6.5 lb) per Flow Frame (even more if the bees really build each frame out). The Flow Hive Classic 6 comes with 6 Flow Frames, giving up to 18 kg (39 lb) of fresh, unfiltered honey.

If you have one of our 7 frame Flow Supers, then you can expect to harvest approximately 20 kg (44 lbs) when every frame is full.

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Beekeeping safely, do I need safety equipment with a Flow Hive? viewed 20,539 times

Flow Hive technology drastically reduces the chance of being stung during harvest, however, beekeepers using the Flow system will still need to perform routine hive inspections to check for pests and diseases and to ensure their hive is healthy.

When opening a hive it is important to take the usual safety precautions, including using a smoker and a quality beekeeper suit.

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Assembling your Flow Hive viewed 34,536 times

Download a printable PDF or watch our videos below on how to assemble your Flow Hive or Super below:

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Are the Flow Frames made from BPA free plastic? viewed 106,737 times

Our Flow Frames are manufactured from the very best food grade materials.

The clear viewing ends of the frames, as well as the honey tube and caps, are made from a virgin food grade copolyester. The manufacturers 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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New to beekeeping and not sure where to start? viewed 47,032 times

For those new to beekeeping, getting set up with a Flow Hive is great way to get started, as our revolutionary honey harvesting technology removes the need for additional harvesting equipment, making this enjoyable hobby much more accessible.

We love welcoming new beekeepers into the Flow Family and have a swarm of resources to assist you in your beekeeping journey.

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How to Reset a Flow Frame viewed 25,605 times

It is important that you reset your Flow Frames before adding them to your hive to ensure that they are in the correct position for optimal honey storage.

It is not uncommon for a few cells to move out of alignment after being transported—which can be difficult to spot— this simple frame resetting process will allow you to add your Flow Frames to your hive with confidence.

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How do I care for my bee suit? viewed 18,880 times

When the weather warms up, it's time to tend to your apiaries and check over all your beekeeping equipment.

Aside from ensuring you have the best hive equipment, it's also essential that you have all the appropriate safety gear which will assist in making your beekeeping season a great one, and a safe one.

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What pests and diseases do I need to lookout for? viewed 19,246 times

There’s a ton of information on beekeeping in books and online. It’s often said that if you ask one question of two beekeepers, you’ll get three answers!

No one person has all the answers, so it’s best to read widely. You might find that our Pests & Diseases fact sheets offer a good starting point.

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Beekeeping safely, do I need safety equipment with a Flow Hive? viewed 20,539 times

Flow Hive technology drastically reduces the chance of being stung during harvest, however, beekeepers using the Flow system will still need to perform routine hive inspections to check for pests and diseases and to ensure their hive is healthy.

When opening a hive it is important to take the usual safety precautions, including using a smoker and a quality beekeeper suit.

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Where can I buy Flow Hives and Flow Frames? viewed 314,233 times

If you’re considering exploring the fascinating world of bees with a Flow Hive, it’s important to ensure that you purchase a genuine Flow product from an authorised seller to avoid disappointment.

Flow products are:

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How do I get bees? viewed 146,782 times

Bees rarely find their way into empty beehive boxes, even though they are designed to be a perfect home for them. There are a number of ways of starting a colony and you should read more than this small overview to learn all that is involved.

A small nuc (nucleus) hive can be bought from beekeeping suppliers in most countries (for Australia see: http://www.aussieapiaristsonline.net/bees-for-sale.html). A nuc consists of four or five frames of brood and honey along with a few thousand bees, including a queen bee. You buy these in the Spring, then place them in a standard box with a divider which can be removed as the colony expands.

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Can I use Flow Frames in cold or freezing conditions? viewed 133,361 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 Celsius or 96 degrees Fahrenheit.

In cold climates it would be recommended to harvest early and often so the possibility of crystallisation is less likely. Also read our page on Wintering Your Flow Hive.

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Are the Flow Frames made from BPA free plastic? viewed 106,737 times

Our Flow Frames are manufactured from the very best food grade materials.

The clear viewing ends of the frames, as well as the honey tube and caps, are made from a virgin food grade copolyester. The manufacturers 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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Wintering your Flow Hive viewed 91,657 times

We cannot emphasise enough that it is best to consult local beekeepers on this topic as advice will vary greatly depending on local conditions. If there is a bee club near you, we encourage you to join it or find a local mentor who can offer you support.

Wintering preparations will be based around the needs resulting from your local climate – in areas that have mild winters with winter forage, considerations will be far fewer than for areas which experience freezing conditions.

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