1. 4 Half-Size Flow Frames
  2. Harvesting from 2 Flow Frames – please note, this is from our Flow Hive Classic 6 Frame
  3. Honey straight from the Flow Frame to the jar
  4. Close up of end-view of Flow Frames. Frames fully capped, with bees working on the surface.

Flow Frames – Half-Size

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Our revolutionary Flow Frames are now available in a specially modified half-size, developed specifically to fit within the square Japanese Honey Bee hive (pile box), for use with the Japanese Honey Bee, or other Eastern Honey Bee (Apis cerana) subspecies. Modify your existing honey super, or build one from scratch, to convert your hive and experience the ease of harvesting with Flow.

Invented by father and son team Stu and Cedar Anderson, 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.


This product is usually made to order – we do not keep large quantities of this item in stock, consequently, there may be a short delay on shipment. We strongly suggest that you place your order as soon as possible to ensure your shipment is received in good time.


  1. Flow Frames, Tubes, and Flow Key (half-size)

  2. Printed Manual – Languages: English, Japanese

• Does not include bees.

• Does not include any timber components.


Product information

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

End-view of Half-Size Flow Frames in Japanese Honey Bee hive. The frames are full of honey, capped and ready for extraction. Please note, Half-Size Flow Frame kit only comes with 4x Half-Size Flow Frames. (Photo courtesy Hiroshi Miyazaki, 2019)

Honey from the native Japanese Honeybee (Apis cerana japonica) harvested from Half-Size Flow Frames in a modified super. This harvest of more than 3 Litres was extracted from 3 Half-size Flow Frames. (Photo courtesy Hiroshi Miyazaki, 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.

Store Flow Frames in a dry, cool, dark location out of direct sunlight when not in use. You can find further information on cleaning recommendations and pest treatment suitability in our FAQs.

New to beekeeping and not sure where to start?

Check out our new online beekeeping course!

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:

  • Regular 'Facebook Live' events

    Weather permitting, the Flow team host weekly question & answer Facebook-live events.

  • Support from our awesome team

    Have Flow product 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


  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Official Flow answers to frequently asked questions.

  • Community Forum

    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.

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.


  • Completed construction today and all went well, you should be very pleased to know! No problems encountered and the instructions were very clear.

    It looks great and I’m very impressed with the quality of production. Thanks again for a great product.


    Nar Nar Goon, VIC, Australia

  • We have a diverse plant/ flower area and the honey was amazing- so many flavors. I've read the negative comments and have to disagree. Great product.


    SC, USA

  • This was our very first Flow Hive harvest!
    It took the bees one full month (June) to fill the flow frames with honey.
    It took about 2 hours to harvest all honey. 


    South Carolina, USA

  • The labor for the Flow is a lot less for harvesting but the same as for as management.

    Harvesting honey from the Flow Hive is a joy instead of heavy work and takes less than an hour.

    You still have the personal contact with your bees through inspections and such as you do with an other type hive.

    Michael B.