B.S. Smith Frame Sides
B.S. Smith Top Bars
B.S. Bottom bars
Smith Frame Dimensions
British Standard Smith Frame Parts
The main difference between Smith frames and ordinary B.S.
frames is that the lugs are shortened to 19 mm giving an overall topbar
length of 394 mm.
The other difference is that the lugs are too short for
any but self spacing methods.
They find much favour in Scotland, but are not much used in
the rest of the UK. I personally have never used them, but I can see
that they would be convenient for migratory heather honey production
One feature that has cropped up many times in conversation
and Email discussions is the fact that the "smith" frames will fit
comfortably crossways on Langstroth hives.
A serious consideration should be given by hobby beekeepers
is that... If they use this type of frame they lose a certain amount of
interchangeability and if they need to utilise "a frame with eggs"
from a friend, then they may have difficulty sawing off the lugs to
a shorter length whilst the frame is occupied.
Revised... 06 November 2001