The standard outside width of an 8 frame hive body is said to be 13-3/4" , making the inside dimension 12-1/4". Using 8 standard 1-3/8" frames leaves 1/8" slop between frames including spacing the outside frames 3/16" from the sides. Seems like a lot of space. On top of that, I'm considering using 1-1/4" frames. What would be the correct internal space of a hive body be for 8 1-1/4" frames be? I realize we need a bit of extra space between frames just to get them in and out when we have too, and also to allow for a little expansion for high humidity, but an 1/8" between each frame?
A standard 10 frame hive body with 10 1-3/8" frames with the outside frames spaced 3/16" from the sides only leaves 5/8" slop between the 10 frames, so that's a bit tighter. I'm planning on building some 1-1/4" frames and medium boxes, and am trying to decide just how wide I should go on the inside dimension. I'm not worried about trying to match any standard equipment, I just want the best fit. I'm thinking 10-3/4" inside dim would work good for 8 1-1/4" frames.