Originally Posted by CSWolffe
I run both Warre and HTB hives, they both have their advantages.
Yes, Warre aren't easy to extract, but for me the point isn't easy or maximum honey extraction, but happy healthy bees. So far I've never lost my Warre colony, and it's been running for five years now. I get about a gallon of honey each harvest. The HTBs are easier to run, IF you can get them building comb the right way. It's far easier for them to cross comb in a HTB, unless you work it often. I'm more of a 'leave the bees to be bees' school of keeping. I lost my HTB last year, and one the year before. They tend to eat themselves into a corner and starve, even though there's still pounds and pounds of honey left. I'm not really a fan of HTBs any more...
I also have an Austrian style log hive I built, that I'm hoping to house a swarm in this year. We'll see how that goes...
Michael Bush was talking about that issue in the TBH and said if the entrance is located in the middle of the hive that this happens more....said the bees seem to forget where the honey stores are in the winter months and only consume to the space where those mid hive entrances are. He said if the entrance is located at the far end of the hive from where the brood is stored, that they will consume winter stores appropriately. Not sure of all that but he's a pretty practical guy so I trust his summation on it all.
I'm trying both the Warre method of framing and the top bar in this same hive build, with the Warre style bars/half frames in the storage part and the plain top bars in the brood box. Will be able to evaluate both types of bars for how comb is constructed on them to see which I prefer. There may come a time in this hive where I'll switch to all of one or the other. Since my hive will be mostly for providing a home for pollinators, it's not as important to me that the comb is more easily removed for harvesting.