What are you after?
If you are just a hobby Beekeeper or a Hobby Honey Hunter or are a serious sideliner about the business of keeping and transport of pollinating bees, the Americana Hiving System has the advantage over the Langstroff Systems hands down. The useful new innovations being added to comfort beekeeping that will provide several greater improvements over the present physically intensive Langstroff System.
With the Langstroff System, you stack boxes holding the frames of bees and honey one on top of the other.
When you work your bees as a profession moving 10 frames and a box that weighs upwards of 100 lbs of bees, brood and food, is a lot to move when you have a three or four stack of brood boxes and supers you need to get them off just to get to the queen who is in the bottom hive. That’s a lot of work!!!
It is quite a feat to watch my teacher and mentor Dr. Carl Jurica author of a great book, “Practical Queen Production in the North”. He is just 83+ years young caring for 60 hives, humping 100 lb boxes just to work his bees. He is tired most of the time having to move the stack of boxes, but he chugs along. In the off- season, to keep in shape, for his wintertime activities, he has a bench press setup in his living room where he lifts weights and can still do pull-ups and pushups. Talk about dedication!!
With the Americana Hiving System lifting only the frames holding the honey or brood for whatever procedure you are performing for the hive is what you carry. If you are looking for the honey, you open the top access or pull the Honey Drawer option and work your frames from there. If you are looking for the queen below an excluder then you only need to open the bottom access feeder/observation panel. Never lifting anything heaver then the individual frame you are working. This is better for the bees because you are not disrupting their space by the disassembly of their home or hive stack to get to the frames. This is better for the beekeeper who when they install their hives, decide where and at what level is the hive most desirable. Do you want them low to sit, or higher to stand?. The Americana Hive can be worked on sitting if so desired. Older Beekeepers who can no longer keep bees due to the physical limitation of needing to lift heavy boxes can once again enjoy the bees.
The ability to have better control on the beekeepers side of the equation with regard to environment is an idea not prescribed to in the American beekeeping world. This ability alone can have the largest impact on individuals who are in wheel chairs. The Americana Hive opens up the world of keeping bees to able-bodied wheel chair bound individuals who would be motivated by such an adventure.