Cold Way Warm Way

This describes if the frames are parallel or perpendicular to the entrance. Now that Open Mesh Floors are in general use, there is no real difference between the two – even if there ever was. I personally have my frames the ‘Cold’ way – perpendicular to the entrance. This means that I can stand at one side of the hive or the other when doing my inspections. It also allows someone else to view from the opposite side of the hive without getting in the way of the bees.

Returning Norfolk Bees

A small colony may benefit from having the comb parallel to the entrance with, say, just one frame of foundation to work on and then the dummy board. In the autumn there may be an advantage to having the brood area – by now in the middle of the hive – closer to the entrance – the cold way - so they can get to the entrance more quickly to defend from robber wasps. 

The choice is yours as to what you do.