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Flow Hive Classic – Araucaria 6 Frame

$150.00

The Flow Hive Classic 6 Frame is our signature package, carefully crafted to experience the ease of harvesting with Flow. Perfect for beginners or experienced beekeepers, this beehive contains 6 Flow Frames featuring our revolutionary honey harvesting technology.

Invented by father and son team Stu and Cedar Anderson, our patented Flow Frame technology is the most significant advancement in beekeeping since 1852. It is now possible to simply turn the Flow Key and watch as pure, untouched, unprocessed fresh honey flows right out of the beehive and into your jar.

Crafted from premium Araucaria – highly regarded for its stability & durability, the Flow Hive Classic includes a specially modified Flow Super, integrated pest management screened bottom board, observation windows and our distinctive gabled roof.

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Flow Hive 2 Features

The Flow Hive 2 has all the benefits of our original Flow Hive Classic, with some new additional features which make beekeeping with Flow even more exciting!

Premium woodware

Created from highly durable, sustainably-sourced, A-grade, Australian Araucaria, the Flow Hive 2 is laser-cut and built with precision in Australia.

Optional integrated adjustable hive stand

Add an adjustable leg kit, this handy feature enables you to control the height and level of your hive perfectly, even on uneven ground.
The ability to precisely adjust the height of the hive on each individual corner, makes just about any terrain suitable for a Flow Hive.

2x inbuilt spirit levels

The newly redesigned base features two inbuilt spirit levels to ensure that your hive’s setup is optimal for honey harvesting and to help the bees in building straight natural brood comb.

Ventilation control

The unique ventilation control system allows you to support your bees as the seasons change, increasing or decreasing air flow depending on external weather conditions.

Multifunctional tray

Our new base design features a multifunctional tray which slides into the base and allows you to trap pests and monitor your colony’s health.

 

Mesh base screen

Our mesh base design allows you to trap pests and monitor your colony’s health, and improve ventilation.

Better handles

The brood box handles are deeply cut for easier lifting. The brood box comes with 8 foundationless brood frames for the bees to naturally build their brood comb. The brood frames are also built to accommodate wax and wire or plastic foundation if you wish.

Premium brass fixtures

The Flow Hive 2 features high-quality durable solid brass fixtures throughout, which over time will become a beautiful tarnished colour.

Flow Hive super

The Flow Super (the honey box) is specially designed to accommodate our patented Flow Frames and now features observation windows on both sides, giving you more insight into the fascinating world of your bees.

Harvesting shelf

Also included is a convenient, height adjustable harvesting shelf to make collecting your honey even easier than before.

Inner cover with plug

Our inner cover is designed with a central hole should you need to feed your bees in lean times. This now comes with a convenient plug allowing you to control bee access to your roof cavity if you would like to allow them to build honeycomb in the roof.

Protection against the elements

Our gabled roof now comes with sturdy brass wing screws, to ensure the roof is secure even in adverse weather conditions.

Handy assembly tool

The Flow Hive 2 comes complete with an assembly tool so you can easily put your hive together, even by hand if you wish.

Material

TIMBER – WESTERN RED CEDAR

Crafted from premium Western Red Cedar, using precision manufacturing.

We are using Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) as it is a beautiful timber with a remarkably fine and stable grain structure. It is a highly durable and naturally weatherproof timber.

We recommend applying a coat of weatherproof sealant to bring out the lustre of this beautiful timber and help it last even longer.

Timber included in this product is made from naturally grown resources – each hive will be slightly different in character. Please see our FAQ for more information on our natural timber characteristics.

FLOW FRAMES – BPA & BPS-FREE PLASTIC

Made in Australia from durable, highest quality food-grade, BPA and BPS-free plastic, Flow Frames have taken the beekeeping world by storm.

We have worked hard to ensure that our Flow Frames are manufactured from the very best food grade materials.

The clear viewing ends of the frames, as well as the honey tube and caps, are made from a virgin food grade copolyester. The manufacturers have assured us that it’s not only BPA-free, but it is not manufactured with bisphenol-S or any other bisphenol compounds.

The manufacturers also advise that third-party labs have tested this material and the results have demonstrated that it is free of estrogenic and androgenic activity. The centre frame parts are made from a virgin food grade polypropylene which is also free from any bisphenol compounds and is widely accepted as one of the safest plastics for food contact.

Plastics have been used for many years in beehives for both brood and honey combs and have not been found to have a negative impact on bee colonies.

Store Flow Frames in a dry, cool, dark location out of direct sunlight when not in use. You can find further information

Why get a Flow Hive?

Bees are fascinating!

Flow Hive is so much easier for the beekeeper, and so much gentler on the bees. Watch through the side and rear window and see all the girls making honey! There are just so many intriguing things that bees do – the learning never ends.

Delicious honey, directly into your jars

Easily harvest pure, unheated, unprocessed, untouched, raw delicious honey directly from the hive! No mess, no fuss, no expensive processing equipment, and much more gentle on the bees than conventional harvesting. With Flow, you can fill just one small jar from part of a frame and bring it straight to the kitchen for breakfast, or harvest one or more Flow Frames and share it with your friends!

Isolate all the different flavours of the seasons

Because you can harvest single frames directly into your honey jar, you get to taste all the different flavours of the seasons without the blending, heating and oxidisation associated with conventional harvesting methods. Bees tend to fill frames one at a time, so each Flow Frame will reflect the flowers that were blooming when it was filled, allowing distinctive variations in colour and flavour to shine through.

Share the experience with your friends

With Flow, harvesting honey is now something you can easily do with friends and family. To share the experience and gift honey to your friends is one of the great things about keeping bees.

Pollination. Education. Wonder!

Bees play a huge role in pollinating the food we eat. Keeping bees brings awareness to the cycle of life we all depend on.

The Invention

How it works

Our invention – the biggest innovation in beekeeping for 150 years – was originally launched in 2015 through a record-breaking crowdfunding campaign

“This has all come about because of our love for the bees and an acknowledgement of how important they are, not only to the food we eat, but to all life on Earth.”
– Stuart Anderson

“If we look after the bees, they’ll look after us. And the honey really is an amazing bonus.”
– Cedar Anderson

It’s hard to think of a more rewarding hobby than beekeeping.
However, extracting honey from a conventional hive used to be a real labor of love…

It was hot, sticky, heavy work, involving special equipment and lots of squashed bees.

Not anymore!

After a decade of tinkering, my dad Stu and I invented the beekeeper’s dream – the Flow Hive.

It makes harvesting honey as simple as turning a tap and watching as up to 3kg of pure fresh honey pours out into your jar from each Flow Frame. And because it’s completely unprocessed, it tastes amazingly good!

Sizing

This product is the same width as a 7 frame Flow Hive/Super, or a 10 frame Langstroth hive/super/brood box.

This width hive is commonly used by people in regions with colder winters, or by those who want extra honey yield.

How Much Honey

How much honey can I harvest?

Harvest up to 21 kgs (46 lb) of honey when the 7-frame super is full. Watch as fresh, pure unfiltered honey flows from the back of the hive directly into your own jars. No filtering, no mess.

Each Flow Frame holds approximately 3 kg (6.5 lb) of unprocessed honey, this can increase if the bees really build each frame out. Bee prepared with extra jars in case your first one overflows!

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