hey JP, what about taking the side off as you suggest (in the spring) and just doing a cut out that way? seems it would be kind of easy to cut out one frame at a time?
I suppose he could wait til spring but he mentioned the second deeps are beginning to warp. I think this needs to be done now. With two or three people and the right set up as I suggested this could be done rather easily and relatively quickly in my opinion.
There will be a little spilled honey here and there and bees flying about but using the smoker wisely and wearing proper protection I don't see this as a major undertaking.