Comb on demand

There’s a reason that this comb looks nearly perfect. Credit: BREAT

Here’s something that I never thought anyone would manufacture. It’s fully-drawn comb, just the way bees would make it, if bees were machines.

I’m impressed with the technology, but I’m not sure how marketable these manufactured combs will be. Perhaps beekeepers who operate in regions with cool, short seasons (like Iceland?) would want ready-made new comb so their bees wouldn’t need to draw out foundation.  Also,  beekeepers who are starting packages on all new equipment or those expanding their hive count might become customers of the artificial beeswax drawn combs. It would depend, of course, on how much the combs cost.

The manufacturing company, a Spanish outfit called BREAT says its motivation is

“…to focus on the renovation of honeycomb without any chemicals, which translates into a much healthier beehives. One of our main concerns is to preserve the environment in order to allow the bees to produce an exceptional honey.
“Our challenge has been to invented a machine that make honeycombs like bees and we have achieved that. The benefit of using these honeycombs is absolutely unbelievable, as it improve productivity of bees. Now they don’t have to making wax for building honeycombs and they dedicate more time and resources to honey production. Bee colonies also benefit into a better environment for brood nest where our honeycombs provide epitome conditions cycle growth of bee.”

BREAT, which engineered this system, is trying to sell the machinery, not necessarily the finished combs.  You would buy a big machine that looks like this:

To see the system in action, BREAT has released this video:

About Ron Miksha

Ron Miksha is a bee ecologist working at the University of Calgary. He is also a geophysicist and does a bit of science writing and blogging. Ron has worked as a radio broadcaster, a beekeeper, and Earth scientist. (Ask him about seismic waves.) He's based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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12 Responses to Comb on demand

  1. Granny Roberta says:

    I notice they didn’t include a shot of any bees loving their comb.
    Also, someone will be buying this to package their corn-syrup based honey knockoff in.


  2. Emily Scott says:

    Time to knock through a few walls in my home…

    Liked by 2 people

  3. I find it somewhat expensive: a honeycomb Langstroth is worth € 5.3 (about 6 USD) a package of 8 Langstroth honeycombs = € 42.4 + € 10 shipping within Spain. With a little more I can buy a nuc

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    • Ron Miksha says:

      Thanks, I was wondering about the price. That is expensive – it would cost about $60 US to fill one single deep Langstroth. I doubt the company is making much money – electricity, wax, maintenance, and especially amortized costs for the machinery would be rather great. However, even at $60, it might be useful for some operators.


    • Jeremy Percy says:

      Hi, can you point me at where the comb is for sale please? Many thanks.


  4. Phillip says:

    I’m not saying it’s not a wonderful invention, but if there’s a market for the Flow Hive, then there’s probably a market for this.

    Liked by 1 person

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