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Commercial Beehive Dimensions and statistics

External dimension – 18 5/16” square

Brood body depth – 10 ½”

Super depth – 6 3/8”

The brood area is 3000 sq. ins.

No. of worker cells 70,500

Bottom Bee Space


Frames sizes.

Top Bars – 17 ¼” long

Bottom bars – 16” long

Deep side bars – 10” long

Shallow side bars – 6” long


Foundation sizes

Deep – 15 7/16” x 9 ½”

Shallow – 15 7/16” x 5 ½”


How many frames in each box:

11 Hoffman frames in either a brood body or super.

10 Manley frames in the super.


National Beehive Dimensions and statistics

External dimension - 18 1/8" square

Brood body depth - 8 7/8"

14” x 12” brood body depth - 12 ½"

Super depth - 5 7/8"

The brood area is 2200 sq. ins.

No. of worker cells 50,000

Bottom Bee Space


Frames sizes

Top Bars – 17” long

Bottom bars – 14” long

Deep side bars – 8 ½” long

14” x 12” side bars – 12” long

Shallow side bars – 5 ½” long


Foundation sizes

Deep – 13 7/16” x 8”

14 x 12” – 13 7/16” x 11 ½”

Shallow – 13 7/16” x 5”


How many frames in each box:

11 Hoffman (self-spacing) frames in either a brood body or super. Although it is possible to fit in 12 frames, it is easier for manipulation to use 11 frames and a dummy board.

11 frames on narrow ends in the brood body

10 Manley frames in the super

9 or 10 frames on castellated spacers in the super

8 frames on wide ends in the super


Langstroth Beehive Dimensions and statistics

External dimension – 20” x 16 ¼”

Brood body depth – 9 7/16”

Jumbo brood body depth 11 ¾””

Super depth - 5 ¾”

The brood area is 2750 sq. ins.

No. of worker cells 61,400

Top Bee Space


Frames sizes.

Top Bars – 19” long

Bottom bars – 17 9/16” long

Deep side bars – 9 1/8” long

Jumbo side bars – 11 ¼” long

Shallow side bars – 5 3/8” long


Foundation sizes

Deep – 16 ¾” 8 5/8”

Jumbo – 16 ¾” x 10 ¾”

Shallow – 16 ¾” x 4 7/8”


How many frames in each box:

10 Hoffman frames in either a brood body or super.

8 Manley frames in the super.



Smith Beehive Dimensions and statistics

External dimension – 16 3/8” x 18 ¼”

Brood body depth - 8 7/8”

14” x 12” brood body depth - 12 ½”

Super depth - 5 7/8”

The brood area is 2200 sq. ins.

No. of worker cells 50,000

Top Bee Space


Frames sizes.

Top Bars – 15 ½”” long

Bottom bars – 14” long

Deep side bars – 8 ½” long

14” x12” side bars – 12” long

Shallow side bars – 5 ½” long Foundation sizes

Deep – 13 7/16” x 8”

14 x 12” – 13 7/16” x 11 ½”

Shallow – 13 7/16” x 5”


How many frames in each box:

11 Hoffman (self-spacing) frames in either a brood body or super. Although it is possible to fit in 12 frames, it is easier for manipulation to use 11 frames and a dummy board.

10 Manley frames in the super.




Dadant Beehive Dimensions and statistics

External dimension – 20” x18 ½”

Brood body depth – 11 ¾”

Super depth – 6 5/8”

The brood area is 3740 sq. ins.

No. of worker cells 85,000

Top Bee Space


Frames sizes.

Top Bars – 19” long

Bottom bars – 17 9/16” long

Deep side bars – 11 ¼” long

Shallow side bars – 6 ¼” long


Foundation sizes

Deep – 16 ¾” x 10 ¾”

Shallow – 16 ¾” x 5 ¾”


How many frames in each box:

11 Hoffman frames in either a brood body or super.

10 Manley frames in the super.

Sizes of  hives frequently found in the UK

The above information was extracted from the Beekeeping Forum website

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