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“Original” Langstroth Hive
« on: July 09, 2020, 10:02:59 am »
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Re: “Original” Langstroth Hive
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2020, 08:50:28 pm »
Thanks, that was interesting.

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Re: “Original” Langstroth Hive
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2020, 02:04:03 am »
Here is the aforementioned Hive and the honeybee
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Re: “Original” Langstroth Hive
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2020, 01:30:46 pm »
No way to add supers?  Is he an actual beekeeper, or just a carpenter who's read a book?  In any event, the hive is fascinating.  Thanks, Zweefer.
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Re: “Original” Langstroth Hive
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2020, 01:55:21 pm »
I believe the concept was to empty the supers as they fill and either put the extracted frames back, or replace with new.  I agree not very practical, but just thought it would be appreciated here...
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Re: “Original” Langstroth Hive
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2020, 04:05:09 pm »
 Langstroth's original design was a landmark due to the concept of movable frames and "bee space". Other noteworthy beekeepers had movable frames, so he didn't invent the idea, but "bee space" was a game changer. Some of those old books talked about using a crowbar to remove brood frames. :laugh:
 He had a terrible time of it, with widespread patent infringement and never really made any money off his idea. I guess his only real reward was to always be remembered by beekeepers.
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Re: “Original” Langstroth Hive
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2020, 04:49:56 pm »
Whitney has the same problem with the cotton gin. The south wasn’t going to pay a yankee to revolutionize the industry.
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