Each frame comes with four separate pieces, a top bar, a bottom bar, and two sidebars 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 medium box in just the right way so it can be easily removed and inspected by the beekeeper.
Medium frames are most commonly used inside the medium boxes where bees will store additional, extra honey that can be harvested by the beekeeper. While traditionally used in medium boxes/supers, they are becoming more popular among beekeepers who use medium boxes for the entire hive. Our All-medium kits are an example of that.
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.
These frames are sold unassembled or assembled, but if bought unassembled, they can be put together using typical hand tools everyone has. A hammer, nails, and good-quality wood glue are all 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 groove in the underside of the top bar and on the upper side of the bottom bar. These two grooves provide a place to snap for the foundation to be snapped into the frame.
Bulk orders of frames over 1000 are shipped via freight on a pallet.
Here are the other types of frames and foundations:
Medium frames with foundation
Also, see our other Plastic Foundation, Frames, and Assembly Tools.