Brian, I can almost cram 9 frms in my 8frm boxes, can I do that for the brood boxes too? Do they need the extra space on either side that I have now? It would keep things more even, I won't have to fret that I didn't get them all even on either side..they use the 1 & 8 for storage anyways.. Jody
Micheal Bush shaves the end bars and puts 9 frames in his brood boxes. Is that a good enough recommendation?
The only problem I see with 9 frames in an 8 frame box is rolling the bees during inspection which can be relieved by removing the 3rd frame instead of the 1st. I've always removed the 3rd frame--it gets me to the heart of the brood box faster and gives me more manipulation room for the remaining frames. Slide the 1st and 2nd frame to the wall, pry the 3rd frame away from the 4th frame and lift it out, then leave it out during inspection and replace when finished. If all frames are replaced as they are inspected, except for the removed frame, work is quick and accurate and buttoning up is just a matter of putting the 3rd frame back and snug up the frames.