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Offline Bob Wilson

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Insulated hive lid
« on: December 08, 2023, 09:37:53 pm »
One issue with long hives is less air circulation. At least it seems so to me. There is little draft, and my hives are 4 feet long, so I have always questioned whether air flow horizontally past 30 deep frames is efficient.
With Layens hives the box is taller and there is more space under the frames, but many Layens beeks add insulation to their lids.
Does anyone else do this?

Offline Lesgold

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Re: Insulated hive lid
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2023, 11:00:55 pm »
I had a couple of top bar hives many years ago where I insulated the lid. As you would expect, it kept the hive warmer in winter and cooler in summer. For ventilation I added a screened bottom and a series of hinged wooden bottoms that could be partially opened, fully opened or closed according to the strength of the hive and seasonal weather conditions. It seemed to work quite well. I tended to leave the bottom doors open for most of the summer.