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What do I need to check before I harvest my Flow Hive / Frames? viewed 20,376 times
How much honey & honeycomb does the Flow Hive Hybrid 3 produce? viewed 8,707 times

When the super is full you can harvest up to 9 kgs (20 lb) of Flow honey from the 3 Flow Frames in the Super. This is in addition to the 4 x frames of honeycomb that you can also harvest.

Each Flow Frame holds approximately 3 kg (6.5 lb) of unprocessed honey, this can increase if the bees really build each frame out. Bee prepared with extra jars in case your first one overflows!

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How much honey comes out of a Flow Hive or Super? viewed 36,082 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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Can I use Flow Frames in cold or freezing conditions? viewed 109,529 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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Assembling your Flow Hive viewed 21,792 times

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

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New to beekeeping and not sure where to start? viewed 1,985 times

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

Included with the purchase of any of our Flow products is support from our knowledgeable Flow team:

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How to Reset a Flow Frame viewed 3,820 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 3,045 times

As 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 3,466 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 3,693 times

Beekeepers using the Flow system will still need to open up the box regularly to check for pests and diseases and to ensure their hive is healthy.

This requires the usual safety precautions, including using a smoker and a quality beekeeper suit.

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Where can I buy Flow hive & frames / What is the price or cost? viewed 274,950 times

Flow products are available from our online shop.

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 and Flow Frame maintenance viewed 115,682 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.

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Can I use Flow Frames in cold or freezing conditions? viewed 109,529 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 88,940 times

We have worked hard to ensure that 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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What is a Flow Hive? viewed 66,035 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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