What makes Tapcomb® so special is exactly what makes it better for bees — patented frame technology that allows the colony to complete the honeycomb with its own beeswax.
Fully plastic hives have nearly 100% pre-formed completed cells - leaving bees to only fill a small gap. As a result, bees do not go through their natural process of building a honey comb. Tapcomb® is dramatically different. Tapcomb® frames provide a plastic “starter” design and the bee hive's workers use their own wax to build out roughly 70% of the honey comb.
It's a bit like this: if other flow hives provide a pre-fab home, Tapcomb® gives bees an architect's plan, then steps aside so they can do the building. Not only is building and maintaining a real wax comb part of the lifecycle of most bees, but the presence of beeswax is vital to the colony's heath.
Another unique TapcombⓇ feature is our access key design that clearly displays the open and closed positions. In other tappable hives, this needs to be checked manually, which can lead to mistakes and misreads.
TapcombⓇ unique key is designed to seamlessly work with internal aluminum top tube for maximum torque and comparatively minimum effort to extract honey by splitting the cells. With the comparative much higher amount of natural beeswax in every TapcombⓇ hive, this design delivers ideal honey harvest flow.
Another unique feature of TapcombⓇ is our use of an upper aluminium case covering an internal aluminium tube and stainless steel long screws.
While it may look simple, these feature makes TapcombⓇ frames up to 75% stronger than other frames held together with a steel cable. All steel cables sag over time and frames relying on them need to be tightened periodically. Not so with TapcombⓇ.