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Old 6th April 2009, 10:52 PM   #1
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Default A list of beehive sizes and dimensions.

National Beehive Dimensions and statistics
External dimension - 18 1/8" square
Brood body depth - 8 7/8"
14” x 12” brood body depth - 12 ½"
Super depth - 5 7/8"
The brood area is 2200 sq. ins.
No. of worker cells 50,000
Bottom Bee Space

Frames sizes
Top Bars – 17” long
Bottom bars – 14” long
Deep side bars – 8 ½” long
14” x12” side bars – 12” long
Shallow side bars – 5 ½” long

Foundation sizes
Deep – 13 7/16” x 8”
14 x 12” – 13 7/16” x 11 ½”
Shallow – 13 7/16” x 5”

How many frames in each box:
11 Hoffman (self-spacing) frames in either a brood body or super. Although it is possible to fit in 12 frames, it is easier for manipulation to use 11 frames and a dummy board.
11 frames on narrow ends in the brood body
10 Manley frames in the super
9 or 10 frames on castellated spacers in the super
8 frames on wide ends in the super

Langstroth Beehive Dimensions and statistics
External dimension – 20” x 16 ¼”
Brood body depth – 9 7/16”
Jumbo brood body depth 11 ¾””
Super depth - 5 ¾”
The brood area is 2750 sq. ins.
No. of worker cells 61,400
Top Bee Space

Frames sizes.
Top Bars – 19” long
Bottom bars – 17 9/16” long
Deep side bars – 9 1/8” long
Jumbo side bars – 11 ¼” long
Shallow side bars – 5 3/8” long

Foundation sizes
Deep – 16 ¾” 8 5/8”
Jumbo – 16 ¾” x 10 ¾”
Shallow – 16 ¾” x 4 7/8”

How many frames in each box:

10 Hoffman frames in either a brood body or super.
8 Manley frames in the super.

Commercial Beehive Dimensions and statistics
External dimension – 18 5/16” square
Brood body depth – 10 ½”
Super depth – 6 3/8”
The brood area is 3000 sq. ins.
No. of worker cells 70,500
Bottom Bee Space

Frames sizes.
Top Bars – 17 ¼” long
Bottom bars – 16” long
Deep side bars – 10” long
Shallow side bars – 6” long

Foundation sizes
Deep – 15 7/16” x 9 ½”
Shallow – 15 7/16” x 5 ½”

How many frames in each box:
11 Hoffman frames in either a brood body or super.
10 Manley frames in the super.

Smith Beehive Dimensions and statistics
External dimension – 16 3/8” x 18 ¼”
Brood body depth - 8 7/8”
14” x 12” brood body depth - 12 ½”
Super depth - 5 7/8”
The brood area is 2200 sq. ins.
No. of worker cells 50,000
Top Bee Space

Frames sizes.
Top Bars – 15 ½”” long
Bottom bars – 14” long
Deep side bars – 8 ½” long
14” x12” side bars – 12” long
Shallow side bars – 5 ½” long Foundation sizes
Deep – 13 7/16” x 8”
14 x 12” – 13 7/16” x 11 ½”
Shallow – 13 7/16” x 5”

How many frames in each box:
11 Hoffman (self-spacing) frames in either a brood body or super. Although it is possible to fit in 12 frames, it is easier for manipulation to use 11 frames and a dummy board.
10 Manley frames in the super.



Dadant Beehive Dimensions and statistics

External dimension – 20” x18 ½”
Brood body depth – 11 ¾”
Super depth – 6 5/8”
The brood area is 3740 sq. ins.
No. of worker cells 85,000
Top Bee Space

Frames sizes.
Top Bars – 19” long
Bottom bars – 17 9/16” long
Deep side bars – 11 ¼” long
Shallow side bars – 6 ¼” long

Foundation sizes
Deep – 16 ¾” x 10 ¾”
Shallow – 16 ¾” x 5 ¾”

How many frames in each box
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11 Hoffman frames in either a brood body or super.
10 Manley frames in the super.
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Old 6th April 2009, 11:15 PM   #2
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Hi Admin

That is a very informative post as it will help any beekeeper who is considering taking the BBKA Module 1 exam as they always have a question about hive size and quantity of bees re cells in the hive.
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Old 7th April 2009, 08:26 AM   #3
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Yes, very interesting & informative Admin, should make the list sticky for future reference.
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Old 17th May 2009, 02:25 PM   #4
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Any chance of the internal dimensions as well please? Or shall I just get the tape measure out.

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how many bees live in a 12 x 14 national?
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Could it not be posted in metric meaurements

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Could it not be posted in metric meaurements

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National Beehive Dimensions and statistics
External dimension - 18 1/8" square - 460mm
Brood body depth - 8 7/8" - 225mm
14 x 12 brood body depth - 12 " - 318mm
Super depth - 5 7/8" - 150mm
The brood area is 2200 sq. ins.
No. of worker cells 50,000 National, 14x12 = 72,000
Bottom Bee Space

Do the rest yourself, there are 25.4mm in one inch.

You can also calculate the internal dimensions if you know the thickness of your timber.

The sides and ends are supposed to be made of 3/4 inch timber and the rebate for the frame ends is 5/4 inch wide and 3/4 inch deep (to take metal runners) with a 1/2 inch top sidewall, and 1/4 inch bee-space. But in practice you can make it from a mixture of 18mm and 12mm pieces like H. Pete does.

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Old 15th June 2009, 01:51 PM   #8
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Brilliant Brilliant, I now know the sizes well. I am only used to working with metric. Reading plans etc etc.


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Very hand post Admin - any chance of appending WBC dimensions (internal at least), or are they not standard? Must admit I didn't know you could get deep boxes for WBCs - perhaps I'll reconsider retiring mine next year

Paynes have this :

WBC Hive Dimensions and statistics
External dimension of lifts - 21 square
External dimension of brood body and super 17 x 16
Brood body depth - 8 7/8
14 x 12 brood body depth - 12
Super depth - 5 7/8
The brood area is 2000 sq. ins.
No. of worker cells 45,000
Bottom Bee Space

Frames sizes. Top Bars 17 long
Bottom bars 14 long
Deep side bars 8 long
14 x12 side bars 12 long
Shallow side bars 5 long

Foundation sizes
Deep 13 7/16 x 8
14 x 12 13 7/16 x 11
Shallow 13 7/16 x 5

How many frames in each box
10 Hoffman (self-spacing) frames in either a brood body or super. Although it is possible to fit in 11 frames, it is easier for manipulation to use 10 frames and a dummy board.
10 frames on narrow ends in the brood body.
9 Manley frames in the super
8 or 10 frames on castellated spacers in the super
8 frames on wide ends in the super
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Old 22nd June 2011, 04:44 PM   #10
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Default Bee space in boxes?

Most of my National boxes are pretty old. Some are commercially made, some are home made by old-timers, and a few more by me. Some of these boxes are only slightly larger than the 14" frame length and frames are a snug fit, while others are wider and seem to allow for bee space between the frame sides and hive walls.

Needless to say, the frames are always well stuck in both sizes of box, but Is there a standard for this internal dimension?
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