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Will Rompala
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Some quick terms..

I figured that before I describe how this all goes together, it may help to define a few things.  The beehive that I’ll be using is based on the classic Langstroth design, named for Rev. Lorenzo Langstroth (yes, a native of Philadelphia!). His book ‘The Hive and the Honey Bee’, published in 1853, detailed the basic design used by beekeepers still today.

A modern beehive is made up of an outer cover, an inner cover and one or more hive bodies called brood chambers- these contain the frames that hold foundation – wax ‘starter media’ that the bees use to construct their comb upon. There are also ‘honey supers’ that are put on top when the bees are in full scale honey production mode also containing foundation in smaller frames- by keeping the queen out of this area, the bees store excess honey in there.. this is where we get to ‘steal the excess’ from the hive.  Wikipedia does a great job of describing all of this with photos.

So, if we do the math, each hive body has ten frames. Each super (I have two) also holds ten smaller frames. I’ll be assembling forty frames before this is done.

Will

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