I just got from doing a cut out. Not a huge hive, but a lot of comb. There were three pieces if comb in there that about 7-8 inches wide and 5 feet long. Tons of brood in it. This is the first cut out I had ever done. The walls inside the house were plaster walls, about a half inch thick. I was thinking these are going to be some angry bees by the time I get through beating some holes in that plaster, but these were the most gentle bees I had ever seen. THis put me up to five hive, as I was down to one hive at the beginning of the year, so I am super excited!