How many brood boxes do you use for each hive and do you use deeps, mediums, or a combination?
I have to use a deep for the first brood box because the nuc I'm getting comes in deep frames. But for the second brood box, I can use either two mediums or one deep.
There are less frames to inspect with a deep, but it's a lot heavier and not interchangeable with honey supers. To make it lighter, I could take frames out and put them in the nuc box when I move the box off the hive.
Mediums are a lot lighter and are interchangeable with honey supers but I would have to inspect twice as many frames and I would still have to take frames out when doing inspections to avoid rolling the queen.
What brood box setup do you use and which one should I use?