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  • Are the Flow Frames made from BPA free plastic? viewed 78,881 times
    We share your concerns around plastics and have worked hard to find 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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  • Why is my Flow Hive or Super being shipped separately / in two packages? viewed 7,015 times
    The timber components and Flow Frames for our Flow Hives and Flow Supers are being manufactured in two different locations, and as a result are shipped in separate packages.
    We know that many of our customers have been really excited to get started, so we decided to ship the wooden hive components first, with the Flow Frames for these orders to follow shortly after.
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  • Flow Hive & Frames weights and dimensions viewed 13,882 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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  • Wintering your Flow Hive viewed 19,584 times
    We cannot emphasise enough that it is best to consult your local beekeepers on this and other beekeeping questions. If there is a bee club near you, we encourage you to join it. You will get several opinions on what to do – but you will be able to pick the most suitable approach for your situation.
    There are two main concerns for a beehive over the winter months; the colony starving, and the queen becoming stranded below the queen excluder. This response is oriented toward overwintering the Flow Hive – there is plenty of general information about overwintering bees on the web.
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  • How to tighten the wires on your Flow Frames viewed 6,436 times
    If the cables on your Flow Frames are loose, and the frame is sagging, it’s best to tighten up the cables, watch the video below:
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  • Where can I buy Flow hive & frames / What is the price or cost? viewed 242,172 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 101,283 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 96,555 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.
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  • Are the Flow Frames made from BPA free plastic? viewed 78,881 times
    We share your concerns around plastics and have worked hard to find 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 57,017 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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