Comparing Tapcomb® to Other Honey Flow Products

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. Below is a comprehensive review of similar honey flow beehives compared with our own Tapcomb system.


Flowhive frame compared to Tapcomb frame

TapcombⓇ frame cross section

Other honey flow beehives have nearly 100% pre-formed completed plastic 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.

Once it's time to harvest the Tapcomb® frame splits internally to release the honey. For the first time the wax seals stay intact, meaning you won't get any honey leaking down the side of your frame and the bees are less likely to get their legs trapped in the cells.


TapcombⓇ key access slot

Another unique TapcombⓇ feature is our access key design that clearly displays the open and closed positions. In other honey flow systems, this needs to be checked manually, which can lead to mistakes and misreads.

Flowhive key slot compared to Tapcomb key slot

Flowhive Key compared to Tapcomb high torque key

TapcombⓇ key

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.


TapcombⓇ aluminium top tube

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 features makes TapcombⓇ frames up to 75% stronger than other flow hive 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Ⓡ.

Flowhive frame compare to a Tapcomb Frame