- very, very simple to put together
- very, very light
- very helpful vendor when I had a query
- very cheap
- a large brood frame (Nationals brood frames are often not big enough to accommodate a prolific queen)
- they will never, ever, rot (but cedar frames will last 50 years if treated right)
- doesn't come with a feeder in the pack, you need to buy that extra. I missed that point and have now ordered one (c. £16)
- not very green - wood is so much more carbon-right
- the frames are Langstroth size (common in Northern Europe, where this hive comes from) so that means a new stock of foundation and frames
- the frames need wiring, which was not emphasised on the website. So I now need to buy more tools and components (About £20) to put wire into the frames.
- will mice and rats gnaw them?
- will woodpeckers peck them?
- will cleaning with Caustic Soda satisfy the Bee Inspector if he/she finds EFB or AFB? Or will you have to burn them? No-one seems to know.
- high-volume beefarmer
- people with back problems.
- a traditional-looking hive
- being "natural".
They are used all over northern europe and the reasons are obvious: they are warm and dry. The makers claim that the Queen will lay right across the frame because the edges are not cold.