The FlowHive 2 BeeHive unboxing, assembly, and my thoughts. Suggestions…


okay so maybe you’ve already seen my
videos regarding the flow hive and the flow has been improved there is a flow
hive 2 and that’s what this is in this box that we’re opening here and just
give you the first-person view of opening it up on what’s inside they even
want you to send your bee puns to flow hive Tom here’s the gradual
congratulations letter welcoming you to the flow hive group here is the much
needed instruction manual here for your flow hive assembly everything’s made in
Australia and the wood that we’re looking at here is Australian cedar so
it’s gonna be good-looking trust me let’s pull away this paper all the paper
that they included is compostable there’s some good articles on there and
recommend you read them if you have the time it’s gonna take some time to put
this together we’re looking at the roof components here close up of the flow
emblem that’s nicely cut into it and all these wooden parts are pretty
good-looking as far as I’m concerned as you know if you’ve been following my
channel at all I’ve put together every kind of flow hives that they make and
I’ve had great success with them I really enjoy it here’s the Queen
excluder that comes with it and of course all the components in the box
that you need the flow frames themselves are in a separate box this is a close-up
of the Queen excluder looks kind of open and I think this time for this small
flow hive – I will be using it and these are the frames for your foundationless
honeycomb if you like to do that I have racks of honeycomb in my be shed so it’s
ready to go I’m not going to use those here and this is the bottom board cover
it’s aluminum and there is a kind of blue tint plastic protection over it
that you can have to peel the way that film this is what it looks like after
you peel it away it’s actually pretty rigid pretty good and I’m hoping that
these openings are too small for bees to go through probably talk about that a
little bit later but we definitely don’t want bees going through the bottom there
and I’ll show you why this is a tray that goes in and these are all the
components that come packed in the box in the tray they even include sandpaper
this time if you an orbital sander and it has little
velcro thing on it this is the type of sandpaper that goes on that and there’s
even a little tool here I’m gonna use my own tools but everything is included if
you wanted to just use the tools that are in the box and these are all the
seated components everything is fantastic the woodwork here absolutely
looks flawless now this is the time before you start to put everything
together if you’re gonna personalize the box do it now
pull these panels out and paint your designs on them I’m gonna do pyrography
on this panel and here you go this is my little bee in flight so this is gonna be
my brood box at the bottom and I burn this in with a Parag Rafi unit so this
is actually engraved into the cedar with heat so I’ve enjoyed doing that I’ve
probably done six of these on different boxes so far and I’m having a lot of fun
personalizing my bee hives with pyrography so that’s my be in flight I
also did another one later oh yeah don’t forget to sign your work and put the
date on it that way I’m gonna be able to keep track of all this unit as many
years down the line some people buy Heat brands to brand their bee boxes but you
can get a pyrography kit a lot cheaper now these are the components for the
base and they’re all marked there are laser etched numbers and identifying
names inside each of these panels so it really takes the guesswork out but don’t
skip over reading those instructions this is the level that goes into that
removable vent on the back and of course you get the flow hive hat with the flow
veil and I have these hanging in my garage and they’re super convenient to
hand out to people when you go to talk about your bees one of the differences
for the flow hive to of course is the fact that we have two viewing panels one
on each side for that honey super and then we’re going to get into the
instructions there is a roof alignment block there and again the sandpaper I
mentioned and the little tool if you want to see other videos by honey flow
calm themselves follow this website to honey flow comm slant assembly and
you’ll be able to see their guidelines I use exterior wood glue also when I put
my components together this stuff holds up really well and it does not disco
would work if you’re gonna put a finish on the exterior of your beehives
I recommend this Minwax indoor/outdoor helmsman spar urethane it’s holding up
really well I use it on all my pine boxes I personally am NOT going to put
that on this flow hive – these are the metal components that are part of that
adjustable support system they’re really well made they’re welded up looking at
these weld nuts I’m not of course going to inspect them even though I have a
background and non-destructive tests and inspection these things are really
well-made it’s heavy duty I was anxious to see it also notice that these bottom
pads which are a black rubber they tilt in all directions so that you can also
adapt to uneven ground as well as height adjustment so that’s pretty cool the
other thing I liked is the fact that these nuts are really long so I don’t
think you can get enough honey into a flow hive that would overwhelm those
supports are nice and strong and of course these nice brass pull knobs that
replace the old wooden ones that we had before that sometimes came out
these are gonna do really well and every packet is marked now the roof unlike the
previous versions that came out this one has a little notches built into it and
you do not have to assemble the roof panels these two come in two pieces on
each side and then you kind of hand align them and guests but the alignment
grooves are already there so that guess work is gone and they go right on I
recommend you glue them and screw them down and then what I do I flip them over
and run the glue on the inside – these are the new thumb screws that go in that
will hold your roof to your top box so it goes it overlays the inner cover and
actually screws into and grips onto your honey super or if you’re just using the
deep box when you’re starting out it’ll do that now these are the windows they
come with film on both sides of them and one side is tinted green don’t forget to
pull off the clear one on the other side you might have to fiddle with that a
little while this is the interior view of one of the
honey supers and of course they took the time to laser market so you don’t make
any mistakes so that was convenient and interesting to see that they did that
you’ll notice here I had these red corner clamps they make sure to hold all
of my joints at a perfect 90 degree I’m gonna give you links in the video
description of the tools that I show and use here I don’t know how I ever get
along without these aluminum corner blocks I use them for all of my wooden
ware and it’s called the can-do clamped it is just a different thing this is of
wood and you don’t have to guess about that 90 degrees and if you’re gonna glue
things up which I do now I glue it then I put the screws in you don’t want that
to be out of 90 degrees you really notice when you stack it up and this is
of course my honey super I did another pyrography design this bee of course has
resources and it’s getting nectar and has the pollen on its hind legs so I
thought that was appropriate to adorn my super so here it is all together this is
not a super there’s an access panel on each side we’re showing that here and
the nice windows on the inside and pretty similar to the previous versions
of course this is the eighth frame six frame version eight frame Langstroth six
frames of flow frames and again I’m just showing you you match them up six to six
seven to seven and so on the guesswork is really gone I guess maybe in the past
people had problems matching up the right components now in the past these
shims that push your flow frames together we’re made out of wood now it
looks like it’s a clear lucite these are nice and durable and of course won’t
take on moisture or expand or rod and here it is installed inside they’re just
shims that go to the sides and push the flow activated frames together and keep
them nice and snug so that was an interesting bonus there I’m just showing
you here that I clamp it up I use the corner clamps to keep the 90 and I use a
bar clamp to draw them and close then I put the screws in I think part clamps you can get just
about anywhere and I did use of course a power drill always verify your corners
are 90s by putting that 90-degree square in there and they’re perfect of course
and these are the components that go with the support system so this is the
bottom now they’ve done away with the traditional bottom landing board design
and we’re gonna show that in a minute again I’m just showing you how I clamped
these up and I leave them sat for a couple hours till the glue takes and
then I run the screws in and we’re good to go
and they even mark it like I said before base you know and so on always check
double check just like measuring twice cutting once we’re not cutting anything
here I did not have to shape or modify anything all the parts went together
absolutely perfectly these are laser-cut that’s why the edges are black and
here’s that landing board the landing board is on the tilt you do have to hand
hold it right up against it there but I lined it up with those end joints and
that was pretty nice there’s two screws that go in for it these are the metal
rails that are inside one will support the tray that slides in and out and
here’s the back access to that the other supports that aluminum bottom board
cover and here’s that leveling indicator that’s built in and of course the brass
knob underneath and this is the vent that we can flip it over and open for
more ventilation or we can remove it all together and I’ll show you that later
too but here’s the tray the tray is nice and
heavy-duty it’s thick material this is where I’m hoping that my hygienic varroa
resistant line of bees will be dropping dead and chewed up varroa and I’ll pull
the tray out of the back and I’ll be able to look at that up close so
hopefully we get some pretty decent macro video of that later this is
showing the fit of that aluminum cover that’s inside on the landing board so it
should allow debris and as I’ve said before varroa hopefully will fall
through this and it overlays that leading edge of the box really nice I
was impressed by the fit the tolerances here are super tight and along the back
to went nice and snug up against the back there so if you pull that vent off
the back nothing’s going to come in there and access your colony through the
back there will be no sneak tax from wasps and hornets and things
like that so really nice and the landing board matches the width of that base
support and it tilts down so a rain water stuff gets shed these are the
components I think this support adjustable stand system is optional but
it comes with a lot of wood here and there two pieces for each corner and you
screw them on put them together at this point those are cosmetic because all the
structural support is coming from the metal itself and the threaded components
of this are nice and strong I just can’t see this being overwhelmed it is plenty
stout for even a beehive that’s loaded with honey so just showing you an
interior view here of how it’s connected and how its threaded through there very
good job on this and of course these are gonna be sheltered pretty much from the
weather we’ll see how that goes so now we have it outside and I chose this
stone bench that I made as a test thing to level it up and kind of show you how
it’s going to look now this is the side level and it is marked on the level when
it’s like that it is in the Tilted back position so that you could describe it
extract honey so that’s why I’m showing it this way if your hive is tilted front
to back that does not impact the way your bees are gonna create comb I’m
using the Acorn plastic frames here which I’ve been getting into over the
last couple of years and I love these they’re triple dipped with wax and my
bees really go after them and draw out the comb right away we recently had a
bear tear apart some hives and the wax plastic foundation held up the best of
any of them the wooden foundation just gets torn apart so here it is with the
bottom box and of course we put in that Queen excluder and you want to make sure
and put that on I have demonstrated in past videos that if you don’t put that
excluder in there your queen can get up in there and will possibly lay eggs and
develop brood in your flow frames and we don’t want that so here it is now with
the flow super on so we’ve got the support system we’ve got the brood box
and now we’ve got the honey super with the flow frames installed and this is
pretty tidy again system is much like the other flow
heights that have come out the flow frames themselves are unchanged so they
activate the same the components are interchangeable the adjustment screw
here on the back so that you can slide it to the back to make sure that they’re
nice and snug there to eliminate B space and make sure that they all line up
correctly I did not have to turn those screws again the box was pretty accurate
here’s my customizing on the front where the landing board is and of course
should pull honey out from the back and the flow super there has the side panel
access now we’ve got that nice thick inner cover and you have a plug that you
can cover that up or you can remove it to allow ventilation for the bees to
have access or you can put a feeder up there so again everything is improved
materially the thicknesses are nice the fit is flawless the grain of the wood
the cedar is fantastic I couldn’t imagine better wood than this and keep
in mind that you can put a finish on it but it’s not required because this is
cedar and cedar it’s naturally weather resistant so we’re gonna see how that
goes and then there’s that top retaining thumbscrew when you first screw these in
they’re kind of tight but of course you’re cutting threads into that hole
that’s been pre-drilled and once you’ve done that a couple of times it’s much
easier I also recommend that once you find that little indentation on that
upper box so you go ahead and drill a little hole to receive that up there so
this is it it’s all together it’s complete and it’s ready to go it’s ready
for bees so and this is what it would look like if you did not have the
optional adjustment pace this is the adjustment base I recommend you get it
though because now you can put your hive anywhere and see the level there it’s
right on center Center side-to-side is critical front to back not so critical
that when you’re going to extract honey it is nice to be able to tilt that just
by adjusting the screws and I’m just going to show you how we access it turn
the lock pull that panel out and of course his pal doubles now as the shelf
for extracting honey so I’m just going to show you how those components work
we’re not going to actually extract honey because we don’t even have bees in
this hive yet but as of my posting of this video the bees are already
inspecting it and we’re good two primes warm season here I put a
swarm commander in there and I’m expecting possibly a volunteer swarm to
just move into this thing on their own we have lots of bees in the area so
here’s the sheltie included shelf supports again we’re at the back of the
hive and we have to remove that upper cover which is how you access it to put
the actuator in which is just a stainless steel bar you pull the plug
out and you put in your tube for extraction now this is my modified tube
I got food grade 90 degree elbows and I’ve put them together to make my own
method for removing the honey and I’m going to show you the tube by itself
that comes with each float frame each tubes with each float frame so you have
your own normally this would just come out and drip into an open jar I found
that by adding the elbow and extending the tubes I can put it through a recap
mason jar lid which is what these are I can put a link of course in the video
description on that too but I use these on all my flow hives now and the reason
I do that is because when I put these on a jar and I open up the pop top on that
it is perfectly fit for the tubes that come out of your flow frames and then
just put that in like this here and now you don’t have to worry about any other
bees or wasps or anything else getting into your honey and you can get as much
as half a gallon from a frame from a flow frame so you want to ideally put if
you’re gonna walk away from it put a half gallon jug out there with a recap
mason jar lid on it and just let it drain right in and you can go about your
business and work on other hives and so on also when you’re activating this I
only put the bar halfway in and then I let the honey run out you can see other
videos that show how this works and then once you see the diameter of that tube
not being filled with honey as it’s raining out you push it the rest of the
way in and drain the rest of the honey and that prevents overflow and we have
an early forwarder here that’s already coming to inspect this hive again as of
this morning I have lots of scouts checking this out so I might just luck
out and have a bee colony move in I have lots of hives that are ready to swarm
right now and I think they’re gonna find the floor
hype too to be a pretty favorable environment now you may want to go ahead
and start with just your brute box and put the lid and then your cover on that
and wait till your bees build up in my case here I’m moving this whole unit as
is with the honey super on and I’m gonna put it right in my bee yard and we’re
gonna see how well the bees go to it and with the queen excluder and of course
there’s that varroa tray pulled out here so you can see how that works and I’m
also showing you how I arrange my kit here this is just a fishing tackle box
that I found and I find that it’s a great way to organize the tools and
stuff that you’re gonna use for beekeeping so I of course have those
brackets for the flow hive to kept in the top here I have spare parts I have
queen cages I have mason jar lids everything that
you might need to make sure that you have a one spot if you’ve ever dealt
with swarms you might run around like a chicken with your head cut off getting
all your stuff together I have it set up as a grab-and-go and of course I enjoyed
customizing the box if you use pyrography and burn the wood even when
it ages this is still gonna look good and it’s also gonna reduce the chance
that somebody’s going to steal your hive if it’s personalized and has your name
all over it you’re gonna keep your stuff I hope you enjoyed this presentation
about the flow hive too and if you want to look into it there’s a link in the
description that shows I know people gonna ask what they sell for I rather
than tell your prices I think I’m gonna give you the link and then you can look
at all the stuff that they offer so have fun keeping bees I hope that
your environment is going to support them this year and I hope that you found
this video beneficial thanks for watching as always

Comments

  1. This new flow hive looks a lot better than the first one! I'm impressed how much improvement there is.

  2. i love the way you personalize your bee hives with your artwork. thanks for your video. I really like all the updates so this will be my next bee hive.

  3. Hi Frederick! As a fellow early adopter of the first Flow Hive, I was happy to see they made these improvements to version 2.0. I have not purchased one (mostly because of the cost) but it looks like a quality product. How does the shelf for holding the collection jars attach to the box? I see the frame "door" doubles as a shelf but where do the brackets attach? Are they extra pieces or also a reused part of the hive? Thanks for the video and best of luck this upcoming season.

  4. Great review Mr. Dunn! They sent the email announcing these right after i bought my flow hybrids. I was ready for them but my wallet wasn't. I think my favorite part is the built in level.

  5. Hi Fredrick,
    I got mine at the beginning of last week too. Having one of each now I can say that I feel the 2.0 version is inch better as well. However one thing I did notice and I’m sure you did too, was that in the instructions it shows both the brood box and the flow super having observation windows. Mine only has these windows on the super as well. I did coat mine in in tung oil and it looks great. That’s a great idea to use the mason jars with the top on them, for harvesting. This is my first year keeping bees and I’m already having a lot of fun and have actually been lucky enough to be able to split one of my hives because I actually had one hive with two laying queens! Really weird, but one of them now has a new home now with some frames of capped brood and stores. Well thanks for the good videos, good luck this year!!

  6. Great video and what gorgeous property! Where are you located? Many thanks for all the information you share!

  7. Really should put some natural tung oil on that. I did and it looks amazing. It's going to be gray and weathered by next season.

  8. Another terrific video…thank you. I just finished assembling my Flow Hive 2 and only wish I had seen your video before starting my work. The Aussie's videos are quite good, but you have added to them. And you are especially right to mention the squaring up of all the boxes – without that, things don't quite fit as well. However, mine all came together and now it is outside, loaded up with lemongrass oil, waiting for its first inhabitants! Thank you for all your videos – they are making a difference in the world of new beeks!

  9. Hi Fred, another great video.
    I have a question for you. I last took honey from my flowhive in early March. I have been checking their progress since then
    to see if they are close to filling the frames again . I could not see any of the frame ends getting filled so I decided to do an internal
    inspection . I found that the frames were mostly filled but they had not gone all the way to the frame ends. Then I found that they had gone through the hole into the roof of the hive and it had a lot of honeycomb in it filled with honey. Not sure why they did this , but I guess I should block that hole to stop them getting up there. Should I consider getting an additional super so I would have two supers sitting on one brood box ?

  10. Why is the side to side critical!? I am a little concerned because one of my two bee hives is unlevel from side to side

  11. Beautiful videos man I can tell how much effort and attention to detail you put into everything you do. Huge props to you for that!

  12. I was on the fence between a flow hive and a Chinese knockoff. But you convinced me to get a flow hive.

  13. UPDATE: after receiving a few comments and an e-mail from viewers, I did put an exterior finish on the FlowHive 2 and though the exterior Helmsman Spar Urethane (exterior) finish I used is clear, the FL2 is now VERY dark in color and just in time for the rains to hit us. You can now barely see my pyrographics on the box and that's ok… See the finish I used here: EXPENSIVE!!! https://amzn.to/2JpY0Qt

  14. Thank you Frederick for this amazing review. I am based in tunisia and im thinking about starting beekeeping here. I would like to get your opinion on 2 questions please,
    1/ What set up is better for maximizing honey production, flowhive or the traditional way ?
    2/ Can we do a split of colonies even with flowhive ?
    I have been following you for a long time and I know you've tested both ways thats why im really interested in getting your opinion. Thank you Frederick and keep up the good work !

  15. Any issues with flow hive use in colder overall climates like new England ? I’m assuming you need to add additional traditional boxes beneath etc for population growth ?

  16. The cardboard box seemed to also provide a very nice blueprint for those pyro etchings you favour for decorations. Thoughtful yes?

  17. Can you put a permanent location information on your youtubes, as I think some things are different for some climates? Where are you?

  18. I am in northern Illinois and wonder when last swarm has enough time to get ready for winter?

  19. If it's a different company why do we still see the originators on the page? Can you explain? I am glad they are still getting credit. Did they just change manufacturers?

  20. do you have a video starting with just adding flow frames in our regular hives to start?

  21. I’m subscribing just cause you said you got an ndt background, great review tho I’m really convinced on buying a flow for the convenience and me being a novice bee keeper

  22. Beautiful production as always Frederick. Only a detail, it's made in Australia from sustain-ably harvested WRC from the US. We don't have WRC in Australia. I look forward to your next videos.

  23. I know several beekeepers who have purchased flow hives (which are VERY expensive), and had ZERO success with them. Yes, they are a nice looking piece of work, but I have yet to meet anyone that purchase another one!

  24. Amazing job Fred. I loved the Bee you burned onto the wood you are a very talented man!! Another Great informative video!!👍🏻😁❤🐝

  25. I want to purchase this product. I have to order this product for India than how much it will cost me in Indian currency and how can I order this product?

  26. VERY WONDERFUL DESIGNS!! HOW MUCH IS THE COST OF THIS SET & CHARGE FOR SHIPMENT & TIME DELIVERY TO ATHENS GREECE THANK YOU.

  27. Fred, I'm just now assembling my two FlowHive 2 boxes. Have you had any trouble with bees (robbers, etc.) becoming a nuisance during your harvesting? I can picture hundreds coming in to get at that free-flowing honey!
    Thanks.
    Ken Jones

  28. Frederick, another question. Isn't FlowHive harvesting particularly influenced by outdoor temperature to "flow" properly? Around here I assume it would be too late too harvest in the late fall right?

  29. Now ,You just need a metal enclosure to keep the bears out to protect this beautiful free flow house and of course,the bees!

  30. Very nice video, I enjoy this very much. Your voice and tone and the speed you talk and the so nice colours you can see in the video reflecting how much any can be levelled by doing things in nature like this, I would love to get this mute too. The look is awesome and I guess it is enormous enjoyable to assemble these parts and see how it ‚grows’. Think about to start with beekeeping too. Do you have any difference in taste with the honey from ‚plastic‘ flow frames in comparison to the regular wax build combs? You said something about the branding you did, I could not really get it. Maybe you can give me a link to that device you used for doing that nice pics in the wood? Have you experience how long the plastic frames stay in shape. How many years they last, do they start easily cracking after a year oder two, after you used the opening mechanism several times? Thanks for the infos and regards from Germany…

  31. انت رجل عبقري جدا جدا وكنت اتمنا ان هذا العمل يصل إلى مصر 🇪🇬 اوكونت اتمنا ان اعمل تحت يد رجل عظيم مثلك…. انا مهنتي الأساسية نحال والا اعمل في مجال النجاره مع أخي

  32. I'm looking to start beekeeping. I have been watching many videos on how to get started but I live in west Africa and for now still don't have enough knowledge and experience to start. We have a very big field in the rural regions, and have started planting MANY fruit trees and many plants in it, so I'm thinking bees will not only be good for delicious honey (I'm a big fan 😁), a nice hobby, and most importantly fertilizing plants and trees. This seems like a nice option but it's still not bulletproof and I think I would still have to worry about pests and diseases, although it looks less prone to getting those than traditional beehives. It is also very expensive. Would you recommend getting one for a beginner or buying the bundle from the website you mentioned in another video? The extraction process is also very attractive because it looks easy and doesn't seem to disturb the bees.
    Sorry for the long comment and great video! Thanks for your review and eventual response! 🙂

  33. Amazing video, Frederick! Thank you so much. Btw, I loved you pyrographic bees. Do you have a template for that or did you do them by hand?!

  34. i think this is an interesting idea. If mom wasn't highly allergic to bee's. I bet dad and mom would get at least one to set up at the house. If just to get more bee's for the flowers and my fruiting plants.

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