In 1852, Dr. Lorenzo Langstroth unveiled a system of woodenware that revolutionized beekeeping. Years of diligent research and observation of honeybee behavior yielded a hive system designed to both promote the health of honeybee colonies and to make beekeeping viable on a commercial scale. Dr. Langstroth's design specification has remained essentially unchanged for over 150 years, primarily because nothing needed to be changed. He got it right. In a world increasingly concerned with efficiency, production, and the necessity of sustainability, however, a change is not only overdue, it is vital.
In 1852, Dr. Lorenzo Langstroth unveiled a system of woodenware that revolutionized beekeeping. Years of diligent research
After studying Langstroth's entire hive system, we determined that the component most in need of improvement, and the most nettlesome to assemble, was the frame.
Our goal was not to challenge Langstroth's proven design, but to bring twenty first century efficiency to a system still relying on 19th century manufacturing technology. The requirements for our frame design included:
More than a year of design, re-design, and field testing has yielded our improved Spehar frame. Our frame's features
and benefits include:
The time spent building a traditional Langstroth frame is considerable, on average of about a one frame per minute. This pace is difficult to maintain for any significant length of time, however, and fatigue-related errors toward the end of an assembly run can significantly impact production averages. After a production run, additional time is also required for clean-up, further reducing the overall production average.
(A small soft-face mallet speeds things up a bit, but isn't required)
Bought in bulk, Lang frames cost about seventy cents each. When a frame begins to fail, common practice is throw it away. It's generally not cost effective, or usually even possible, to repair damaged or broken frames. Repair of a separated bridle joint requires a metal frame ear costing about twenty five cents – more than one third the price of a new frame. Added to this are the costs of labor and hardware to install the ear. On top of these expenses, add the original labor and time spent building the frame. Sadly, the bottom-line generally dictates throwing the entire failed frame assembly away – a waste of time, money, and materials.
The most common point of failure in a Lang frame is the top-bar/end-bar bridle joint. This joint must withstand the full force needed to pry the frame from the hive, but this bridle joint is weakest in the very direction these stresses are vectored. Through a complete redesign of the top-bar/end-bar connection, all prying and lifting forces are now vectored not through the joint, but rather along the end bar itself. We have essentially eliminated the traditional bridle joint as a point of failure.
If any component of a Spehar frame is damaged, it can easily be replaced without tools, even in the field! Simply tap the end bar off of the top and bottom bars, replace the damaged component, then tap the pieces back together. Done.
Our end bars are made from recyclable high-impact polystyrene (HIPS), the same U.S. Food and Drug Administration and European Food Safety Authority approved material used to make dairy containers, cutlery, salad bowls, and medical packaging. This material is non-reactive, recyclable (#6), and readily accepted by the bees. Also, due to its slick surface propolis simply pops off!
Accepts Wired, Unwired, and Plastic Foundation
Not only does the Spehar frame assemble in 1/3 the time of a traditional wooden frame, frame wiring can be done is less than ½ the time of a traditional frame.
The Spehar frame features cleats around which the wire is wrapped. No more hours spent painstakingly inserting tiny brass eyelets and threading wires through end bar holes.
Tensioning the wire is accomplished through our revolutionary, integrated tensioning system. After the wire is installed, simply push the vertical section of wire forward over the teeth of the integrated ratcheting system to create the necessary tension. No more wires broken by your pliers pulling the wire taut while maintaining tension to drive in the tack that will secure it. No more frames popping out of the tensioning jig. In fact, no more jig, pliers, or tack hammer. No tools at all are needed to tension a Spehar frame.
For users of plastic foundation, the Spehar frame's top and bottom bars are grooved and dimensioned to accept plastic foundation with no modification. Assemble a top, end, and bottom bar, slide in your foundation, and tap on the last end bar. Done!
Grooved Top Bar & Grooved Bottom Bar w/out Holes in Endbars?
Grooved Top & Grooved Bottom w/Holes in Endbars?
No Groove Top or Bottom Bar w/ Endbar Holes?
The Spehar frame is designed for both wired and unwired configurations, so you no longer have to figure out the style you need. This means you'll never order the wrong type!