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31,5-31.8 mm Hoffmann frame for mini+


In the Netherlands, in contrast of our neighbors in Germany we work with a comb distance of 38.5 mm. In Germany and nowadays also more often in the Netherlands with a distance of 35 mm.

With our small bees we go even further back to 31.5-31.8 mm. This means that 10, 11 and 12 frames fit next to each other in a 'Spaarkast' hive.

Frames closer together ensure a more compact breeding nest, so that the temperature is also higher. The breeding nest is also easier to keep at the right temperature with fewer bees. We use 31.5-31.8 mm Hoffmann frames for this.



Hoffmann-frame 'Spaarkast' hive 30,5 mm with separate closing block (197 mm x 338 mm x 21 mm) made of two plywood plates 4 mm thick and 13 mm spacers


With 11 frames (35 mm) and 12 frames (31.5-31.8 mm) there is at least 1 closing frame (30.5 mm). 2 closing frames are often used. We make a closing frame narrower, namely 30.5 mm. This is to prevent the 12 frames from becoming too tight.  


 spaarkast geleiderail

Smooth stainless steel rails


The frames hang on smooth stainless steel distance rails.






"spaarkast"hive with 11 hatchery frames and 1 closing frame

11 frames (31.5-31.8 mm) and 1 closing frame (30.5 mm). We use at least 1 closing frame that is removed first during work and replaced last.