Our frames are designed in a very specific way that works well for the bees and also the beekeeper. There is a gap that bees prefer inside the hive between two sheets of comb and it is called the bee space. When frames are placed in the box and touch each other, they are spaced exactly the way the bees want them because of the innovative design of the frames.
Each frame comes with four separate pieces, a wedged top bar, a split bottom bar, and two sidebars with holes that fit together with glue, nails, or staples to form the frame. Each frame fits a sheet of the foundation for the bees to build their comb on top of. Each frame is designed to fit inside a deep box in just the right way so it can be easily removed and inspected by the beekeeper.
Deep frames are most commonly used inside the deep/ brood boxes where the queen will lay eggs and the space the bees will live in over winter. The large surface area of the frame gives the queen more space to lay eggs without having to move from one frame to another.
These frames are sold unassembled but can be assembled using typical hand tools everyone has. A hammer, nails, and a good quality wood-glue are all that is needed to assemble the frames securely. Good construction is key so the frames do not fall apart in the hive.
These frames are designed with a wedge on the underside of the top bar and with a split bottom on the bottom bar. The wedge on the top bar is removable so that it can easily hold the hooks that come on our 100% beeswax foundation. The split bottom on the bottom bar allows the foundation to rest easily in the gap to prevent the bowing of the foundation.
The sidebars include holes in them so the foundation can have additional horizontal wires threaded through the foundation to give them extra support in the hive. Honey and comb can be very heavy, so having extra horizontal cross wires can help keep the comb from collapsing.
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