Honeycomb Hives, Hexagonal Beehives, Fold-Hives and Beekeeping Accessories. Improving the Shape of Honey Bee Boxes, One Hive at a Time

Doug Lambrecht Inventor of Honeycomb Hives
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The Backstory:

About five years ago, after experiencing sub-standard results from standard bee boxes, I decided to tackle designing alternatives. I especially wanted to try to address perennial issues of heat loss, condensation and ventilation to try to improve the odds of our honey bee colonies overwintering.
When wearing my designer craftsman hat, the adage "form follows function" guided my decision to adopt vertically-oriented hexagon shape for my hives. 
Adopting vertically-oriented hexagonal shapes quickly became an obsession for me that begat numerous iterative bee box variations.
The hexagonal prism-shaped beekeeping system that resulted is inspired by the absolute brilliance of bee math and vertical orientation of hexagonal cells in God's blessed honey bees magical honeycomb queendom. 
Honeycomb Hives is the brand for my new integrative beekeeping system. 
In addition to the obvious eye-candy factor, recognition that the shape of the interior cavity can significantly alter air movement tipped the scales for me.  
The vertical hexagonal-shaped interior space, combined with the bees added heat, creates ideal conditions for continuous circulatory air flow. When its cold outside, warm moist air rising against the gabled roof, flowing down the sides and sloped bottoms as it cools, then back up again, furthers air movement in a circulatory manner. That natural air movement helps manage condensation and eliminate cold corners or dead air spaces.

Since bees tend to propolize air vents in winter,
I improve ventilation and condensation management because the shape fosters 
The efficient thermodynamics of vertically-oriented, prismatic-shaped spaces encourages Venturi air circulation wherein rising bee-heated warm moist air carries excess humidity out of the hive via vents in the underside of the roof.  
This natural air movement also helps manage condensation and deter mold.
Most importantly, these hexagonal hives address the primary goal of providing improved environments for sustainable overwintering of honey bee colonies.
  
My primary design efforts are to help honey bees stay warmer and drier and spend less energy keeping their cluster at 94F, year-round.

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