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National 14×12

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National 14 x 12

The National 14 x 12 is based on the Standard National. It has long lugs on the frames making them easier to handle. The brood box takes 11 frames 14” wide by 12” high and uses Hoffman spacing.

The brood area is about half as much again as the standard National hive and is therefore adequate for a prolific colony. This means you will only ever have to inspect 11 brood frames per colony.

Hive data

National

National 14x12

W B C

Commercial

Brood frame

14" x 8½"

14" x 12"

14" x 8½"

16" x 10"

Super frame

14" x 5½"

14" x 5½"

14" x 5½"

16" x 10"

Frames / brood box

11

11

10

12

Cells / brood box

54,000

80,000

49,000

80,000

Lug length

1½"

1½"

1½"

5/8"

The supers are identical to those on a National hive.

The 14 x 12 eke is a simple device which fits on top of a National brood box to provide space for 12” high frames (see below).You can even buy a kit to convert National brood frames to 14 x 12.

Eke to convert National brood box to 14x12

Diagram of a 14 x 12 brood chamber with two National supers. These hives are sometimes referred to as Deep Nationals.

The National 14x12 or Deep National hive

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