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Flow Hive & Frames weights and dimensions viewed 21,471 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 
635mm x 535mm x 230mm / 25 inch x 21.1 inch x 9.1 inch
14.5kg / 32lbs

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Assembling your Flow Hive viewed 18,676 times

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

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What do I need to check before I harvest my Flow Hive / Frames? viewed 17,671 times
How much honey comes out of a Flow Hive or Super? viewed 29,888 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 834 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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How to Reset a Flow Frame viewed 586 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 467 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 776 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 834 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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Adding brood boxes or supers of different wood-types viewed 1,858 times

Just as no honeycomb structure is exactly the same in a beehive, so too does the thickness of our Araucaria and Western Red Cedar timber products differ.

There is a small variance in the thickness of timber between our Western Red Cedar and Araucaria products, this means mixing brood boxes or supers of different timber-type may result in a minor overhang of up to 5mm.

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Where can I buy Flow hive & frames / What is the price or cost? viewed 266,988 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 110,851 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 Flow Frames from the hive and store them for a while they may need cleaning. You can do this by using hot water (just hot enough to melt wax, no hotter than 70 Celsius / 160 Fahrenheit). A hot water hose is good. Set the Flow comb to ‘cell open’ position, this allows the water to run quite 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 honey leak-back gap remains clear this works well; however, if the bees block it up some honey may remain in the honey trough after harvest. Clear the leak-back gap prior to harvest and inspect the honey trough. If the honey trough is dirty it can be cleaned from outside the hive using a bottle brush or something similar.

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Can I use Flow Frames in cold or freezing conditions? viewed 105,297 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 85,658 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 62,887 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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