HiveTD beehive, high quality thermally insulated beehive where more honey is made
Like mentioned in Beehives and their properties article, in section where we talk about wall thickness of bee gums, jara, tree hollows, they all had thick walls to get better thermal insulation and resistance to weather conditions. Polystyrene was making its way to beekeeping world, but because of poor construction designs and craftsmanship, it was wrongly compromised. In 1962, a czech beekeeper Ing. Václav Smělý found out that a heavily insulated beehive is particularly suitable for bee colonies.
HiveTD beehive features and material
- hiveTD beehive is made of hard polystyrene EPS 200 with walls 80 mm thick
- the outside is protected by durable, brown, coarse-grain silicone paint. Thanks to this paint, one can comfortably hold supers without slipping
- the inside beehive walls are covered with a durable reflective food industry foil (not aluminium), which bounces heat back to the beehive
- supers have no standing seams, protected from top and bottom by 2mm High Impact Polystyrene Sheet (HIPS), allowing them to slide one over another easily, no gap in between
- exposed corners are protected by aluminium plaster corner profile against damage
- frame rests are reinforced with galvanized metal sheet, and there are strips of 2mm High Impact Polystyrene Sheet (HIPS) to pry a hive tool against walls
- HiveTD beehive cover is flat, made of of hard polystyrene EPS 200 with walls 100 mm thick. On the top, there is galvanized metal sheet and on the bottom, there is 2mm High Impact Polystyrene Sheet (HIPS)
- HiveTD bottom board is our standard varroa bottom board
- all parts of beehive are locked in by stainless steel clasps, which make it one compact unit resistant to falling apart by either strong wind or wildlife animals (bear)
- all beehive parts are easy to disinfect
Brood nest is a vital organ in a beehive and deserves our full attention
Beekeeping techniques in wood beehives (including the so-called insulated with 20 mm polystyrene wall inserts) are based on an assumption that queen naturally forms brood nest in a sphere shape. Brood nest in shape of a sphere is a clear sign of cold beehive. Frames on outermost edges, where the queen does not lay eggs due to low temperature, are kindly called "cover frames".
HiveTD beehive´s construction design and heat-retention allows the queen to use the full area of brood chamber, diminishes energy loss when brood rearing which aids fast Spring development.
We recommend reading an article about our research about energy loss and its effect on varroa mites.
Moisture and its effects on a colony
During winter, colony has no problem maintaining the temperature in a cluster. In a bad beehive however, there is a problem with moisture. A considerable weakness of the most frequently used beehives today is a poor or no outflow of water vapor. Quilts are able to let it pass through, however as soon as they are wet, the insulating feature is gone. Wood beehives solve this problem by wood knot holes, which are a disaster in terms of energy loss. There is a chimney effect, which although reliably removes vapor from the beehive, also removes lots of heat that colony needs to recreate and consumes stocks. Spring development is slow and demanding on energy. High humidity in beehives leads to restless wintering and causes mold growth.
Testing our HiveTD beehive shows there is no issue with moisture whatsoever.
We recommend reading an article about our research about energy loss and its effect on honey production.