Does anybody have plans for horizonal Hives that use the Langstroth type frames. I currently have all Langstroth but have been thinking about building my own. I like the idea of not having to pick up heavy boxes to check my hive. I seen plans for top bar hives but they look like they use a different type of frame and was not sure if they would fit in my extractor.
You are right that most horizonal hives don't use conventional frames. They typically use topbars, and the honey comb is cut from the bars when it is harvested. Then the honeycomb is crushed and strained to separate it.
A lot of the attraction of the horizontal hives is that they need such minimal kit compared to the langstroth hive + extractor setups.
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Mike posted to the right site but it would be better to link to the main page of plans.hive plans There are several options that will allow the use of standard langstroth frames. This is Leo's site and he has a lot of information out Watch the videos as his insulated horizontal hives seem to make a lot of sense.