Flow Frames, Tubes, and Flow Key (half-size)
Printed Manual – Languages: English, Japanese
• Does not include bees.
• Does not include any timber components.
This half size Flow Frame has been developed specifically to fit within the square pile box hives typically used with Japanese Honey Bees. The Flow honey super can be modified for harvesting as per the directions here.
This product has been independently trialled and tested over 2 seasons by respected and experienced beekeepers in Japan with the Japanese Honey Bee (Apis cerana japonica). These beekeepers reported great success when the hive was operated in precisely the same manner as the standard size Flow Frame in all respects.
The Japanese Honey Bee (Apis cerana japonica) is not domesticated and has a tendency to abscond when disturbed. Flow Frames minimise disruption to the bees during the harvesting process and preliminary findings suggest this may reduce absconding.
Read more on the success with Japanese Honey Bee and Flow Frames here.
Frames in use
Honey harvest from Flow Frames on a native Japanese Honey Bee hive (Apis cerana japonica). A modified super was fitted with Half-Size Flow Frames and placed on top of the pile box hive. Flow Frames allow honey to be extracted directly from the hive in contrast to the traditional crush-and-strain method used to harvest honey from a pile box hive. (Photo courtesy Hiroshi Miyazaki, 2019)
“The first extraction on May 22nd, 2018 was an exciting event that should be remembered. Clearest golden honey fully ripened (sugar content: 79) poured into bottles in less than five minutes. It was less than two months from the catch of early spring swarm, less than three weeks from loading Flow Super.” – H. Miyazaki Kumamoto-Shi, Japan, 2019
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.
How much honey can I harvest?
Each Flow Frame Half-Size has been shown to hold approximately 1.5kg of honey when full, however this can increase if the bees really build each frame out.
Bee prepared with extra jars in case your first one overflows!
Watch as fresh, pure unfiltered honey Flows from the back of the hive directly into your own jars. No filtering, no mess.
For more information on honey collection see our FAQ.
Precision Manufacturing & Maintaining your Flow Frames
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.
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:
Weather permitting, the Flow team host weekly question & answer Facebook-live events.
Have Flow product questions? We’re here to help, and operate during Australian business hours, Monday to Friday.
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Official Flow answers to frequently asked questions.
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Safety & Care
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.