Ok, shoot holes in my plan. Instead of using a full size hive, why not put the jars on a nuc. I haven't measured it out yet, but I think one could put 6 jars over a nuc. The only concern is keeping the queen out of the jars. I guess a nuc size excluder would do the trick.
You need a strong hive and a good flow to force them to build and fill it up. I did it with a strong hive with just one jar, with wax lines added, during a spring flow and they would not touch it.