Frequently Asked Questions
UK / British Standard National hives and Flow Frames
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We are now selling UK National sized Flow Supers, see our European website here:
A UK National is shorter, wider and deeper than a Langstroth 10 frame deep. Therefore adapting them to fit together is the easiest option. If you choose this approach you will need to get a Langstroth 10 box and adapt it for Flow Frames (see videos) or buy a Flow Super.
A Langstroth is only just shorter than than a UK National, in fact you can put a Flow Lang on a UK National and the Lang just covers the outside ends of the UK. If you're willing to leave the ends like this then you can just add some straight pieces of wood or plywood to cover the gap between the narrower Lang and the UK. A triangular section of wood about 60mm (2.5") wide on each side of the Lang would do it.
If you are keen you can adapt a UK National super and shorten the Flow Frames as follows:
Begin by taking off the cables (on a table so that it doesn't completely disintegrate) and removing pairs of 'blades'. Each pair is 11.8mm (0.466"). You will have to measure how much shorter it needs to be and divide this by the above figure. You will need stainless steel tie-wire of around 1mm diameter to re-bind the whole thing together. Remember to cross the wire (figure 8 shape) to support the base and top of the frame and twist (twitch) it to tighten. 8 of these frames will fit in a UK National.
To adapt a UK National you will have to view our Langstroth box modification videos and adapt that to the UK National design. A UK National is higher than a Lang deep. You will have to cut it back around three sides to bring it down to the correct height, a bit tricky.