I have been following and researching beekeeping for quite some time now. Everything I read from experienced beekeepers is that this flow design is bad for the bees and prohibitively expensive.
Do you have any reasoning for why the design is bad for bees?
The only thing I've uncovered why it's bad is because it's plastic but I know a lot of beekeepers use plastic frames. Sure bees might prefer to build on wax and wood but they seem to build on plastic just fine too.
Others say that it's because bees fill their comb from the outside in which means just because you can see it on the ends as full and capped doesn't mean they are. Which I'd argue they don't do because every single extraction video I've seen even done with semi-full comb has been top center filled first.
Another one is that the bees won't know those combs are empty and they won't fill it which I think is another fallacy though this I can't be certain of. Their demo videos show that the bees open up the caps once the frame has been drained so I'm not entirely sure they could stage that.
A lot of the bad reviews are aimed towards the video itself falsely advertising that getting a flow hive would mean you wouldn't have to handle bees or break open the hive, which I'm of the understanding you still would have to do regularly to assess hive health, etc. You would still probably break it open to check if the flow hive frames were full before draining them too. I know I would always want to double check.
But otherwise all the "bad reviews" have come from people who have not used the product at all but for some reason I haven't seen any comments on why its bad other than "i'm an experienced beekeeper, I know bees, they won't like this." or something of the sort. Which is why I wanted to get some first hand reviews from beekeepers who have actually used this product.
Personally I've been researching beekeeping for quite some time as well but have always been apprehensive when it comes to the extraction process. It's an archaic model that I think in many ways is inefficient and slow and you need all these gadgets to do it, space to do it, etc. So I'm praying that this product works because if all I need to do is repurpose the langstroth to fit 3 flow frames, that's more than enough honey for my personal use and some on the side for gifts.