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Top 8 Best Auto Flow Beehives (2018)

Automatic honey flow is a feature in modern beekeeping that allows beekeepers to harvest honey without causing much disturbance to the bees. For beekeepers looking for newer ways to keep bees, in this article we’ll discuss the best auto flow hives available in the market. These hives are mainly built in the renowned Langstroth beehive design and they work best with honey flow frames. Auto flow beehives owe their existence to an Australian father and son duo – Stuart and Cedar Anderson. The pair are the inventors of the technology. Today, there are a number of auto flow beehive manufacturers in the market. Each maker has their unique way of production and packaging of their product. Let’s check them out.

Best Auto Flow Beehives

8. Goplus Automatic Honey Beehive Box Kit

Goplus Automatic Honey Beehive Box Kit

The Goplus Automatic Honey Beehive Box Kit features one deep box and one super box. There are 7 auto flow combs included in the beehive box kit. Its exterior is made of high quality Cedar wood, with a nice polished finished that adds an extra touch of elegance. Cedar wood is durable and works well with honey. It is friendly to bees and they take to it quickly.

The surface is gentle on your hands. The wood is treated in wax to make it weather proof. The Goplus Automatic Honey Beehive Box Kit is very durable since the wood does not rot. Due to its waterproof qualities, you won’t have problems with mold in your beehive. Additionally, the faint scent the wood gives off is aesthetically pleasing to the bees.

Shipping of the Goplus Automatic Honey Beehive Box Kit comes in two packages. Beekeepers get a beehive, a honey key, 7 harvest tubes, 7 auto flow combs and an instructions manual, which does come in handy in working with flow frames for the first time. It allows both beginners and professional beekeepers to use the beehive box kit with ease in their apiaries.

Click here to read our full review of the Goplus Automatic Honey Beehive Box Kit.

Pros

  • The beehive has observation windows on both sides. It allows you to easily see how much honey has accumulated in the flow frames. You do not need to take off the lid to see beehive activity. This is however not a substitute for regular hive inspections and maintenance.
  • It is a full setup for a beehive. It is built in the Langstroth design that most beekeepers use in their apiaries. Regular hive tools and beekeeping protective gear work well with this beehive box kit.
  • The beehive is well built and designed. It comes together into a nice bee house that is strong and sturdy. Moving the beehive around has been made easier for beekeepers using latches built into the deep and super boxes.

Cons

  • Frames for the deep box are not included. To start a bee colony, you need deep box frames.
  • While the beehive comes with a queen excluder, you need to purchase screens and add them.
  • Ventilation holes are large and may allow some predators to get in.
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7. BestEquip Auto Flow Wooden Beehive

BestEquip Auto Flow Wooden Beehive

The BestEquip Auto Flow Wooden Beehive is corrosion resistant and allows you to enjoy honey flow technology in your apiary. The beehive is built in the Langstroth style and get a touch of modernity and fashion in the bee house design used. The beehive incorporates most standard features of auto flow beehives. These include a view port to see how much honey has filled up in the flow frames. The beehive is made of pine wood.

The BestEquip Auto Flow Wooden Beehive can be used as a breeding facility in your apiary. In addition to housing your breeder stock, it gives you ease in harvesting the honey you want from the bees by being adaptable to flow frames. This beehive comes with 7 flow frames and a honey glass container. Frames for the deep boxes are not included. The BestEquip Auto Flow Wooden Beehive has two deep boxes to hold a large colony of bees. Such a colony will easily fill the single super box that is included in beehive.

You may add more super boxes to the beehive depending on your individual tastes. Beekeepers are advised to source for BestEquip super and deep boxes, to ensure that all components will fit as they should. BestEquip has excellent customer service that can be reached online.

Click here to read our full review of the BestEquip Auto Flow Wooden Beehive.

Pros

  • The beehive is spacious and give the bees adequate space.
  • It is very easy to extract honey from the beehive.
  • The pine wood construction is durable.

Cons

  • The large ventilation holes at the top may allow intruders into the hive.
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6. Mophorn Automatic Honey Flow Beehive

Mophorn Automatic Honey Flow Beehive

The Mophorn Automatic Honey Flow Beehive is a good start for beginners, and suits professional beekeepers just as well. It makes the observation of honey inside the hive easy and safer for beekeepers. It is a 3 layer beehive and it allows addition of extra levels of boxes to increase space as you see fit. The beehive includes a queen excluder to keep your queen in the brood section only. Honey is stored in the upper section where the super box is found.

The super box of the Mophorn Automatic Honey Flow Beehive is designed to accommodate honey flow frames, which are included in the package. Indeed, the beehive comes ready for you to start beekeeping with it. The frames for the deep boxes are not included however.

The Mophorn Automatic Honey Flow Beehive looks well designed. After assembly, it is sturdy and solid. You may consider reinforcing the beehive for additional strength. This Morphon auto flow beehive is built in the Langstroth style with a bee house design finish. It features ventilation holes at the top to keep your bees cool in hot weather. The beehive is fitted with a solid bottom board and has a sloping ramp for bees. This makes entry into the beehive a breeze for your bees.

Pros

  • The beehive has waterproof exterior. It does not cause you moisture problems in the beehive. Your bees have more time dedicated to their hive activities by not dedicating much resource towards hive humidity balance maintenance.
  • If you have additional super boxes for your beehive, Mophorn has replacement honey flow frames that fit well into the extra super beehive box. The Mophorn Automatic Honey Flow Beehive Frames is sold with two deep boxes and one super box.

Cons

  • Beekeepers preferring a screened bottom have to modify the beehive. The beehive is open to damage due to this reason. Beekeepers modifying the bottom of the beehive should be extra careful not to damage it.
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5. Popsport Beehive Wooden House with Auto Flow Honey

Popsport Beehive Wooden House

The Popsport Beehive Wooden House has two deep boxes and one super beehive box. The super box is the one that contains the 7 auto flow beehive frames. The frames used are made of food grade plastic.

The beehive comes with all the equipment for harvesting honey using flow frames. These include a flow key, honey collecting tubes and honey caps. The bee house features observation windows on both sides of the super box where you will be using the honey flow frames.

This Popsport Beehive House is made of durable New Zealand pine wood, which is strong and sturdy. Furthermore, bees like it and it does not affect the taste or smell of honey. The wooden joints come together well to make a solid and very sturdy bee house. The beehive shows excellent design and is convenient. It is additionally very stylish and beautifully crafted.

The entrance of this auto flow beehive is fitted with an entrance reducer. Additionally, the hive has a bottom board. These two improve the security of your bees from insects and predators. Entrance reduction makes it easier for your bees to fight intruders in the hive.

Click here to read our full review of the Popsport Beehive House.

Pros

  • The beehive comes with a queen excluder. This is great for beekeepers to separate the brood and honey super boxes.
  • The New Zealand pine wood used is strong and sturdy. You may optionally choose to reinforce the auto flow beehive using various methods available to you. Pre-drilling is recommended to avoid splitting the wood.

Cons

  • There are different configurations to this beehive but they are confusing. Some include the frames while some do not. It’s confusing to buyers to know which one to purchase.
  • No instructions manual is supplied. Contacting Popsport is the easiest way to get an instructions kit for putting together the beehive.
  • With production of large numbers of the beehive, some errors in quality may arise. While Popsport responds to such incidents with through their customer service and internal controls, a broken beehive is very frustrating to beekeepers.
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4. VEVOR Auto Flow Honey Wooden Beehive

VEVOR Auto Flow Honey Wooden Beehive

VEVOR is a reputable supplier of beekeeping equipment. In addition to beehives, the company also has honey extractors and other beekeeping equipment for hive maintenance and the practice of beekeeping. The VEVOR Auto Flow Honey Wooden Beehive is made of wood and shaped into a bee house. It is built in the famous Langstroth design. The beehive has the standard features of an auto flow beehive.

The VEVOR Auto Flow Honey Wooden Beehive includes 7 standard honey flow frames. The frames are made from food grade plastic material. The beehive itself is made of pine wood.

VEVOR has made the beehive expandable to allow an extra super to be added. This adds the amount of honey you can collect. You may also be a beekeeper looking for wax as one of your beehive products. A second super box can be filled with conventional frames and added to the this beehive.

Between the upper super box and the top part of the beehive that includes the roofing, VEVOR has added a screen mesh. This mesh keeps out intruders and predators that may get into the beehive through the upper ventilation holes. Beekeepers may use a similar mesh screen on the vents to reduce the size of predator that can get into the beehive.

The VEVOR Auto Flow Honey Wooden Beehive shows great construction and has great features for both amateur and pro beekeepers. It has a sloping entrance and is fitted with entrance reducers. A solid bottom board completes the lower section of the beehive very well.

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Pros

  • The beehive comes with a queen excluder that allows you to use the beehive as a breeder.
  • The beehive has two deep boxes and one super box. These are adequate for a nicely sized colony of bees and a high yield of honey.

Cons

  • There are no frames for the two deep boxes included. Beekeepers using this beehive have to source for these externally.
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3. Happybuy Wooden Automatic Honey Beehive House

Happybuy Automatic Honey Beehive House

The Happybuy Wooden Automatic Honey Beehive House is made out of willow wood. This bee house gives you a standard Langstroth beehive with one super box and one deep brood box. The super box is built to accommodate honey flow frame technology.

The Happybuy Wooden Automatic Honey Beehive House is a great way to start beekeeping using honey flow frames. It comes together to form a complete beehive ready to be colonized by a swarm of bees. The box has the features of a standard auto flow beehive. These include honey flow frames and observation windows cut into the side of the super box.

Both beginner and professional beekeepers are suited to use the Happybuy Wooden Automatic Honey Beehive House. It is sturdy and lasts for long. The willow wood used is dried and preserved at a moisture content of 5%. This keeps the bee house box from cracking and other deformations. The slanted roof directs rainwater off the beehive and keep the insides dry.

The Happybuy Wooden Automatic Honey Beehive House weighs 26.5 lbs and measures 20 x 16 in base dimension. The deep boxes are 10.2 inches high while the super box is 9.84 inches high.

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Pros

  • Moving the beehive around is an easy task. Working with the beehive is made easy by grips that are chiseled into the deep and super boxes sides.
  • The beehive has a sloping entrance and entrance reducer to boost hive security.
  • The inner sides of the beehive are not highly polished. Bees get great grip on it and climbing is easy for them.
  • This Happybuy auto flow beehive is great for stock breeding. It is small and does not take up much space in your backyard or other location you choose for your bees.

Cons

  • The beehive is not built to accommodate a large swarm of bees. It has only one deep box.
  • There are no instructions for assembly for this beehive readily available to beekeepers. An instructions manual or booklet in the package would be great.
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2. Official 6 Frame Classic Araucaria Flow Hive

Flow Hive Review - Flow Classic Araucaria 6 Frame Langstroth Beehive

Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete with the original. The inventors of Flow technology have an official line of Flow hives on offer to beekeepers. One such is the Official 6 Frame Classic Araucaria Flow Hive. The beehive features Flow technology and comes complete with honey flow frames. It is made in Australia.

The exterior of this Flow Hive is made from Araucaria pine wood, which is quite durable and very strong. Araucaria pine is friendly to bees and does not add unwanted flavors and odors to honey. Frames used in the beehive are made of food-grade plastic. They are safe for use with human food.

Flow (the company) emphasizes on the need for beekeepers to practice beekeeping in its art form. It does not sell its products including the Official 6 Frame Classic Araucaria Flow Hive as a substitute for good beekeeping skills. It is important for beekeepers using Flow technology to exercise proper inspection and maintenance on their beehives and bee colonies.

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Pros

  • This auto flow beehive is a great package for beekeepers adopting flow technology in their apiary. If a beginner is going to try flow frames in their beehive, then the Official 6 Frame Classic Araucaria Flow Hive is a must to consider.
  • 6 flow frames are included in this Flow Hive. They are sized to use the space in the beehive in the best way possible. The frames give you high yield of honey per frame.
  • The beehive features the official Flow logo on some of its panels. This is great assurance of quality to beekeepers. Flow has excellent customer service and welcomes the few complains that may be about its products.
  • Wooden slats are used on the roofing of the this Flow Hive. These keep out the sun, wind and rain well.
  • The beehive is built to work with both traditional frames and flow frames.

Cons

  • This auto flow beehive has only one deep box. While it is large enough for a colony of bees for small scale beekeepers and breeders, beekeepers that want to have a larger colony of bees are not suited by the single-deep box. Flow stocks replacement deep boxes and super boxes that can be used to add space for more bees in beehive.
  • Plastic foundation used in the flow frames may not work well with some types of bees.
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1. Official Flow 6 Frame Classic Cedar Hive

The Official Flow 6 Frame Classic Cedar Hive is another made by the inventors of honey flow technology. It has the originally patented flow frames. This beehive is suitable for both beginners and professional beekeepers. It allows you to extract honey with ease as the vision of the inventors of flow technology hoped for. This auto flow beehive minimizes the harm you do to your bees during honey harvesting and makes beekeeping safer for you.

Using this beehive is not a substitute for beekeeping experience and good beekeeping practices. Beginners and professionals using the Official Flow 6 Frame Classic Cedar Beehive must always ensure they carry out regular beehive inspection and maintenance, just as they would with a conventional hive.

The Official Flow 6 Frame Classic Cedar Beehive has the standard features found on most Flow Hives. It is made from very high quality materials, certified to be food grade quality. A guarantee of quality is given on official Flow Hives. Additionally, users of this beehive are assured to enter a resourceful community with resources to help you in beekeeping. Flow is supported by an excellent customer service desk that does very well at solving the problems beekeepers face with any of their beekeeping products.

The flow frames used in the Official Flow 6 Frame Classic Cedar Hive are not affected by cold weather. In winter, you may leave the frames in the beehive to hold honey reserves for your bees. If you choose to remove your frames, clean them well using warm water and store them in a cool dry place. The beehive comes with a queen excluder.

Click here to read our full review of the Official Flow 6 Frame Classic Cedar Hive.

Pros

  • This auto flow beehive is a great package for beekeepers adopting flow technology in their apiary. If a beginner is going to try flow frames in their beehive, then the Official Flow 6 Frame Classic Cedar Hive is a must to consider.
  • 6 flow frames are included in this Flow Hive. They are sized to use the space in the beehive in the best way possible. The frames give you high yield of honey per frame.
  • The beehive features the official Flow logo on some of its panels. This is great assurance of quality to beekeepers. Flow has excellent customer service and welcomes the few complains that may be about its products.
  • Wooden slats are used on the roofing of the this Flow Hive. These keep out the sun, wind and rain well.
  • The beehive is made using cedar wood that bees like. It is not painted on the inside or outside.
  • The beehive is built to work with both traditional frames and flow frames.

Cons

  • This auto flow beehive has only one deep box. While it is large enough for a colony of bees for small scale beekeepers and breeders, beekeepers that want to have a larger colony of bees are not suited by the single-deep box. Flow stocks replacement deep boxes and super boxes that can be used to add space for more bees in beehive.
  • Plastic foundation used in the flow frames may not work well with some types of bees.
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A Final Word

Honey that is harvested using honey flow frames is free of impurities. Auto flow beehives allow you to enjoy the benefits of honey flow technology in your apiary. It must be noted however that using auto flow beehives is not a substitute for experience and learning about beekeeping. Beekeepers should take it upon themselves to know about keeping a healthy colony of bees. Along with the information on this site, there are very good beekeeping books that will guide you in learning how to be a good beekeeper. These auto flow beehives give both beginners and professional beekeepers the variety of choices in beekeeping that they look for.

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