How Flow Works


The Flow system is a whole new way of extracting honey from Langstroth-style European honeybee hives.

Of course, you’ll still need to look after your bees, as the brood box stays the same and when it comes to taking care of bees, there’s much to learn.

But the world-first Flow Frames have revolutionised the honey-extraction process. We’ve built an artificial foundation from BPA- and BPS-free food grade plastic, manufactured right here in Australia, on which the bees build their comb.

Plastic foundation in beehives is nothing new, but in a Flow Frame, the cells are almost complete. The bees fill the honey cells and cap them off.

When you insert the Flow Key and split the honey cells, gravity does the rest of the work, and the honey simply flows into the trough, through the tube and into your jar.

You’ll know when the honey is ready thanks to the Flow Frames’ unique clear end-frame view and side observation window which let you see inside without taking off the lid and bothering the bees.

Don’t worry about the bees getting squashed. We’ve designed it so no bees get harmed when the mechanism is activated, with little gaps they can safely hang out in while the honey flows out.

It’s easy and amazing to watch! Watch this video of Flow Hive co-inventor Cedar Anderson extracting the honey for a good look at how it all works.



This is the signature kit that made Flow a household name. Perfect for beginners or the most experienced beekeepers, the world-famous Flow Hive Classic comes complete with a Flow Super, full complement of Flow Frames and everything you need to get started – except for the bees.

The Classic arrives as a flat pack for easy assembly. Watch this video and find out what’s included in this internationally best-selling kit. The one in the video is western red cedar, but the hoop pine version is otherwise exactly the same.

Due to its proximity and ready availability, Araucaria is more affordable for Australians than the western red cedar, but it’s still a quality cabinet timber grown here in Australia and complies with national and international sustainability standards.

Apply a couple of coats of quality house paint, and an Australian Araucaria Flow Hive should last many years.