The wider and taller design of the Golden Mean Hive allows for a bigger brood nest. The bigger the brood nest, the faster the colony will expand. With a good nectar flow, the Golden Mean Hive can fill up with honey combs in just a couple of months.
"The smaller brood nest the better the bees will over winter. Smaller hives generally are much less likely to die from mites in over wintering. I began top bar beekeeping using Marty Hardison hive designs. What a great hive design, but the problem for me was there were so many bees, working these big volume top bar hives required a big commitment and a good pep talk to oneself before cracking it open. I think that the total number of bees in the Golden Mean Hive is much more manageable for inexperienced beekeepers." Corwin Bell