I've read a bunch of folks who build hive stands out of 2X4s in a rectangle for two hives (or one). The reasoning seems to be that the dead air space provides some insulation, allows debris to fall through (with SBB), and the hive woodenware lasts longer. Makes sense, but doesn't having a "dead" space somewhat defeat the ventilation benefit of the SBB?
Has anyone tried opening up this kind of stand by removing, say, the front 2X4 for summer ventilation, and replacing it (perhaps when the SBB board goes back in) in the winter for insulation? Or maybe drilling some 1" air holes in the stand that can be corked for winter? Am I thinking way too much about ventilation?
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