1 x Araucaria Flow Hive Classic 7
This gorgeous Flow Hive is constructed from premium Australian Araucaria, highly regarded for its stability & durability. A favourite with Flow beekeepers since its release, this package includes an integrated pest management screened bottom board, observation windows, our distinctive gabled roof, plus 7 revolutionary Flow Frames for easy harvesting.
Apply two coats of weather proof paint or varnish and it will be a stylish addition to your apiary or garden for years to come!
The Flow Hive consists of:
- Flow Super (Araucaria) 7 frame
- 7 Flow Frames
- 7 Flow Tubes
- 1 Flow Key
- Base with screened mesh
- Gabled roof*
- Inner cover
- Queen excluder
- Brood Box (Araucaria)
- 10 standard langstroth frames with comb guides
- Printed operation manual
- Does not include bees.
- Hives will ship flat packed ready for easy assembly, in a separate package from the Flow frames
- *Roof is painted for illustrative purposes only, all timber componnts arrive unpainted and untreated.
1 x Organic Cotton Flow Beekeeping Kit
Flow Hive technology drastically reduces the chance of being stung during harvest, however even the friendliest hive can get cranky sometimes. Luckily it’s easy to feel secure with our certified organic unbleached cotton suits - perfect for beekeepers who want to know they are well protected whilst performing routine inspections and hive maintenance. It also includes vented goatskin beekeeping gloves and a J-style hive tool handmade with German stainless-steel. What size suit should I select?
1 x Stainless Steel Flow Smoker
A quality smoker is an excellent addition to every beekeeper’s kit. Featuring the Flow logo on its bellows, with this quality stainless steel smoker you’ll be able to calm your colony in style. Perfect for small apiaries, it features a hook at the back, a ventilated insert for better airflow, and a wire guard to protect you against burns.
1 x Flow Veil
The Flow Veil is a comfortable, lightweight hat with an attached veil. Handy as a precaution for protecting your head and face when doing minor chores around your hives, or for giving to a friend to wear on an apiary tour. These veils offer convenient face protection, however are not suitable for use when getting up close and personal with an open hive or a cranky colony. One size fits most.
Why select a Flow Hive Classic 7 Frame over a 6 Frame?
If you can’t decide which size is best for you, then consider whether these things are relevant:
- You want the maximum amount of honey? An extra Flow Frame means you get more sweetness for your buck!
You can harvest up to 44lbs of honey from a 7 Frame (and up to 40lbs from a 6 Frame)
You already have traditional Langstroth hives? Consistent sizing (for aesthetics or mixing and swapping) may be important for you.
- You live in a cooler climate? It can be helpful to have more honey storage capacity for your bees to eat throughout winter.
If one or more of these are important to you, then a 7 Frame Hive may be your better option.
The Invention / How It Works
Often referred to as the “Beekeeper’s Dream”, Flow was created out of a desire to make harvesting honey easier for the beekeeper and to lessen its impact on the bees.
“I really didn’t like squashing bees or disturbing the hive when harvesting, so I thought ‘there has to be a better way'."
- Cedar Anderson
For those that don’t know, harvesting honey used to be pretty labour intensive. After a decade of tinkering, our patented Flow Frame technology is the most significant advancement in beekeeping since 1852. It is now possible to simply turn the Flow Key and watch as pure, untouched, unprocessed fresh honey flows right out of the hive and into your jar
Precision Manufacturing & Premium Timber
The patented Flow Frame technology allows you to tap honey directly from your hive. Made in Australia from durable, highest quality, food-grade, BPA and BPS-free plastic - Flow Frames have taken the beekeeping world by storm.
Crafted from sustainably harvested Australian Araucaria - also known as Hoop Pine, using precision laser manufacturing and paired with a full set of Flow Frames, this is one sweet hive!
Araucaria is a premium Australian native cabinet timber, highly regarded for its stability & durability. To ensure it lasts a long time outdoors, two good coats of quality weatherproof sealant such as exterior house paint or varnish is a must. You can be as creative with the paint job as you like!
Timber included in this product is made from naturally grown resources - each hive will be slightly different in character. Please see our FAQ for more information on our natural timber characteristics.
How much honey can I harvest?
Harvest up to 44 lbs of honey when the super is full. Watch as fresh, pure unfiltered honey Flows from the back of the hive directly into your own jars. No filtering, no mess.
Each Flow Frame holds approximately 6½ lbs 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!
For more information on honey collection see our FAQ.
Safety, Care & Maintaining Your Flow Hive
Apply a coat or two of timber sealant to bring out the lustre of this beautiful timber, and help it last even longer.
Beekeeping is a labour of love. As with all animal husbandry, it’s a pastime which requires knowledge, skill and dedication and which carries with it inherent risks. Sooner or later, all beekeepers get stung. Some people have severe allergies to bee stings, so please be aware of the potential hazards when considering whether beekeeping is right for you.
Check out this Flow-sponsored safety pamphlet covering common beekeeping safety risks and first aid responses.
New to beekeeping and not sure where to start?
We love welcoming new beekeepers into the Flow Family and 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 via:
This great series is free to watch, anytime at your leisure. Whether you are a newbee or an experienced beekeeper wanting to refresh your skills, our beginner beekeeping series has handy tips and information to get started on your beekeeping journey with confidence.
Weather permitting, the Flow team host weekly question & answer Facebook-live events. Jump online and have the opportunity to have your question answered.
Have Flow-related bee questions? We’re here to help, and operate during Australian business hours, Monday to Friday.
- Email with our friendly support staff
- Phone kick back and have a good old chat with Trace
- Live chat get fast answers to your buzzing questions
Official Flow answers to frequently asked questions.
Ask general questions regarding beekeeping, and have them answered by the Flow community - or read through different topics to find your answer!
Purchase one of our Flow systems, and become part of the Flow community.