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Pro Easy honey extraction
By simply turning a tap honey will flow out of your hive.
Because of the complexity of the hive it cannot be self-built by most people, and can only bought from a single manufacturer; thus allowing them to charge a premium for this product.
Con Plastic Comb
This means you can only get liquid honey; not honeycomb. Also, it is also believed by many that the natural wax is superior to plastic for a number of reasons:
- Plastic causes "off-gassing"; i.e. the release of airborne particulates / chemicals, dubbed volatile organic compounds, which may be harmful to the health of the hive.
- The cell size is fixed. Cell size relates to the sex of the bees produces, so this restricts the bees ability to alter their drone:worker populations.
- Bees communicate by vibration; natural (wax) comb will vibrate as expected, whilst plastic will not.
- Wax can store pheromone information which may be important (though as yet there is no science to support or discount this claim).