Polystyrene hives offer superior insulation benefits for the bees, helping them keep warm in the colder months and cooler in the hotter months. This tends to show better overwintering rates and more honey production during the Summer.
Totally compatible with both our wooden National hives and Poly National hive components. Use your existing hive parts and take advantage of the polystyrene benefits:
It’s made from a very high density material, 100g/litre – up to 3 times stronger than the type used for packaging.
It’s lightweight and durable.
Its insulation properties also makes it ideal as less bees are required to maintain the heat required for effective brood rearing, helps improve overwintering and early Spring buildup.
A Basic National Hive, consists of:
Open Mesh Floor with entrance block
Poly clear flexible crown-board
Metal frame runners for the brood/super box
Compatible with our poly National hive parts or our wooden National hive parts. This means you could, for example, use your existing wooden supers on the top, or use poly supers on top of your existing wooden brood box. Compatible with the different types of queen excluders (wire with wooden frame, slotted steel, plastic) and with the different crown-boards (wooden, poly carbonate, glass). Poly brood boxes and Supers can take frame runners or castellated spacers enabling you to customise your frame spacing, whether you use Hoffman style frames, Manley frames, standard frames with spacers, or castellated runners. The only limitation is you cannot use a wooden roof on top of a Polystyrene super or brood box.
All our Poly Hives are made in the UK