The Polystyrene 10 Frame Deep Hive Kit includes a screened bottom board with white coroplast slide tray, an entrance reducer with 2 sliding shutters, 1 or 2 unassembled deep hive bodies (depending on your selection), and a ventilated top cover with mylar inner cover sheet.
The polystyrene deep hive bodies easily accomodate standard US Langstroth wood (or plastic) deep frames.
The ventilated polystyrene cover features four ventilation portals, each with a finger-set polystyrene block so that you can open as many of them (or none) as you wish. (Please note that, once removed, the blocks are loose and can go missing.) The cover itself has a depth of approximately 1 3/4", making it an ideal place for emergency winter feed (ie. sugar bricks, mountain camp method, winter patties, etc). On the other hand, we advise using the accompanying mylar inner cover during all other times of year to avoid excessive burr-comb build up within the cover cavity.
Also included is a clear mylar inner cover which features small ventilation notches (see attached images).
These kits do NOT include frames or foundation. Please see the 1 piece frames and foundation here or the wood frames here and the foundation sheets here.
Nice setup and the bees like it. My issue are the four deep handle slots. i Mo
Great sliding entrance and everything else is well engineered EXCEPT the unneeded deep slots on all four sides which negate the insulation factor. I inserted cut to fit pink foam in mine. Another person simply taped them shut and filled them with that spray foam. Easy enough to dig out when needed in summer.
The hive is easy to assemble. This is my third polystyrene box. I am using this box to replace a wooden box. So far the bees in the polystyrene box have greatly outperformed the bees in the wooden box. I live in the south with a lot of moisture but
I would purchase this item again.
Best hive on the market .
Best hive on the market . I live in Sarasota , Fl. and we have very hot summers . These polystyrene hives keep my bees from using foragers to regulate the temp instead of collecting nectar .