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Wintering your Flow Hive viewed 32,063 times

We cannot emphasise enough that it is best to consult 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 much honey & honeycomb does the Flow Hive Hybrid 3 produce? viewed 1,418 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 27,334 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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Are the Flow Frames made from BPA free plastic? viewed 84,199 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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Flow Hive & Frames weights and dimensions viewed 19,757 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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Adding brood boxes or supers of different wood-types viewed 480 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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Managing cross comb viewed 565 times

The most important part of foundationless beekeeping is getting the bees to build straight combs. Once you remove the foundations, there’s nothing stopping the bees from building in any direction they please. More often than not, they will build across multiple frames if you give them the chance. The result is that you will have a very hard time pulling up frames without destroying comb and angering your bees. You may be able to avoid this by installing comb guides.

  • It's advised to complete regular inspections while the frames are being built out. This way you can correct any cross comb before it becomes an issue.

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Hybrid hive / colony maintenance viewed 639 times

The Hybrid gives beekeepers the advantage of being able to manage their colony by rotating frames between the brood box and the super. This can be beneficial for keeping your worker population strong and can also help with winter preparations or encouraging the bees into the super for quicker uptake.

If you notice a strong honey flow, and your bees are busy filling frames, you might want to consider storing traditional frames outside of the hive for winter feeding. To do this you will need extra traditional frames to replace for the ones you have removed.

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How to add the Hybrid Super to your brood box viewed 611 times

How to know when your Brood Box is ready to add the super:

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How to collect honeycomb from your hive viewed 952 times

One of the greatest benefits of the Flow Hybrid is the ability to harvest both Flow honey and traditional honeycomb from the same super.

To harvest honeycomb you need to open the super– it is important to use safety precautions and equipment when doing so. Please see our Flow sponsored safety pamphlet covering common beekeeping safety risks and first aid responses.

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Where can I buy Flow hive & frames / What is the price or cost? viewed 262,054 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 108,457 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 103,560 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 84,199 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 61,759 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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