The 8 Frame Super is a great way for beekeepers to maintain a full depth box but minimise the weight. Instead of switching to a 3/4 depth box beekeepers may prefer the full depth frame. The 8 Frame Super allows reduction in weight by reducing how many frames the box can hold. The box is reduced width wise to only suit 8 full depth frames, this enables a reduction in weight but still utilises the full depth frames.
The hive mat (inner cover, crown board, or ceiling) is an essential part of the Langstroth hive system. Without the hive mat, the lid would be propolised down and impossible to get off. It also facilitates improved ventilation in hot weather.
The hive mat is also the primary piece used to manufacture a bee escape board. The bee escape part (various styles and sizes available for sale from Ceracell) is mounted in the hive mat with the deep side down. These can be purchased from Ceracell for the cost of the bee escape part(s) and an assembly charge if you prefer us to do the job.
The 22 mm wide rim hive mat is the standard size surrounding a piece of hardboard, usually somewhere between 3 and 6 mm thick. One side has a basic bee space depth of 8 mm, and the balance of the width is on the other side of the board.