Langstroth hives are the most common hives. These hives are stacking rectangular boxes with removable frames for the bees to build comb in.
Langstroth hive configuration is incredibly customizable, allowing the beekeeper to stacked boxes of various heights, to their liking. Boxes come in 3 depths: deep, medium, and shallow, and 2 widths: 10 frames or 8 frames. We recommend starting Langstroth hives with either 2 deeps, or 3 mediums depending on your preference for modularity and maneuverability. Deep boxes can weigh up to 80 lbs, while medium boxes weighing up to 60 lbs. Our preferred Langstroth configuration is all 8-frame mediums. This reduces the weight of the boxes and makes all parts interchangeable. Shallow boxes are usually used to enclose feeders or other accessories, and not to expand the hive.
Since Langstroth hives are the most common hive style, one major perk is that there are a lot of accessories and resources at your disposal. It’s a relatively inexpensive hive style, so it’s a great option for those aiming to have a large apiary with multiple hives. It is arguably the best hive design for honey production due to large box sizes. It does require heavy lifting, with boxes ranging from 30-100 pounds, so it’s not the ideal hive if you’re limited in mobility. Finally, the hive style features 4 sided frames that contain the comb in a stable way.
Advantages of using a Langstroth hive
• Most available resources of any hive style
• Hives are made to an industry standard, so hive components can be mixed and matched between suppliers
• Many accessories and upgrades are available
• 4 sided frame provides comb stability
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