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Commercial

The Commercial hive is a single walled hive designed to provide a brood chamber big enough for a prolific colony without additional brood or honey storage space. Frames are 16” x 10” Hoffman spaced in the brood chamber and 16” x 6” in the supers.

Brood boxes hold 12 frames and are usually constructed with bottom bee space.

HIVE DATA NATIONAL NATIONAL 14×12 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 6″
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″

Commercial frames have short lugs (5/8”) in order to allow the hive parts to be square. Compare 1½” lugs for the National.

The outside dimensions are only slightly larger than the National hive and it is possible to use National floorboards, crown boards, queen excluders and even supers with Commercial brood boxes.

It should be noted that the Commercial hive uses finger tip recesses cut into the side walls for lifting which may make moving heavy brood boxes difficult.

The Commercial Hive
The Commercial Hive

There is an eke called a Hamilton converter which will convert a National brood box into a 10 frame Commercial hive

Hamilton converter to turn National brood box into a Commercial
Hamilton converter

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