Deep frames are 9 1/8″ and fit 10 to a standard deep box. Frames come new and assembled. Bottom and top bars are grooved. Top bars have chamfer.
Frames are produced in Utah by Utah woodworkers, using Utah wood, when available.
Choose between standard and middle bar frames.
Meet our versatile Middle Bar Frames! These frames can be used four ways:
1. With plastic foundation. Simply remove the middle bar dowels and insert the plastic foundation into the grooved top and bottom bars. Save the dowels in case you’d like to go foundationless later.
2. Foundationless.* The chamfer along the top bar will encourage bees to build wax comb in the center of each frame and the middle bars will support the weight of the deep comb. Foundation is an extra expense and it can be beneficial to bees to go foundationless.
3. Foundationless with burr comb. Bees will eventually build burr comb in the hive. You can use it to start them drawing comb on a new frame. Wedge the comb between the middle bars, hexagons pointing up, and bees will build from there.
4. With wax foundation. Place wax foundation in grooves in the top and bottom bars and sandwich it between the middle bar dowels. Dowels will support the full comb weight. We avoid recommending wax foundation, as sometimes purchased wax foundation can be contaminated with disease spores and pesticides.
- Use in the hive just like a traditional frame, for raising brood storing honey
- Can harvest 4×4 inch comb honey from foundationless frames
- Can spin frames in honey extractor
For beekeepers just starting out with foundationless frames, we recommend using every other frame with foundation to keep comb within the frames. In our hives, we use all foundationless (no alternating), but need to check the comb every couple days as they start out, to correct any off-frame comb building.