What Size Boxes Should I Use?

You will need to choose either 8-frame or 10-frame components. See “8-frame vs. 10-frame” for more information to help you choose.

You will also need to choose if you want to use Deeps, Mediums, or Shallows, or a combination of depths. See “Choosing Hive Depths” for more information to help you choose.

Weight is one of the factors when choosing what size boxes to use. The following chart gives an approximate weight of a box full of honey:

8-frame10-frame
Deep70 pounds85 pounds
Medium50 pounds60 pounds
Shallow45 pounds55 pounds

Weight is approximate for honey storage. Brood boxes will be slightly lighter.