How many bee keepers use inner covers here
Most suppliers dont sell them here
What do you do to stop the beeps from building comb on the inside of the hive lid?
I only have one hive right now, but everybody I know uses inner covers. Burr comb is not a problem. My bes just like to get in there and cool off.
I have inner covers on some of my hives & some I don't.
I've measured for the correct bee space.& I cannot tell that much diff- either way.
But I like them because it keep's them from boiling in your face when you 1st remove the top.>>>>MARK
I don't use inner covers. I have had them in the past, and still have one colony that uses an inner/outer cover arrangement that I picked up when I bought a bunch of colonies from a retiring beekeeper. Frankly, I haven't detected a difference, so it's not worth the added expense to me to have them.
In the deep south your probably not concerned as much with air flow, condensation, and a "dead air" space that beekeepers in the north use to help the hive through winter. I like them for the following reasons.
1. In propping the lid, the bees really only have to defend the hole in the inner cover. This can also limit moths using the lid area for entry in the summer.
2. I can lift the lid and see in the inner cover hole and get a reading on progress with the supers without opening the whole top.
3. It creates an area for pollen substitute or dry sugar to sit in emergancy feeding situations.
4. I can use gallon feeders sitting over the inner cover hole without exposing the hive to cold/wind in fall/winter.
5. I sit the supers on the lid when inspecting, and having the inner cover means I can still have a top on them to keep them calm and less exposed. Less angry bees.
6. I can work the inner cover alot easier when its propolized/burred to the hive or frames. I can't see how many frames are coming up when its just the top.
Note. Whether you use them or not. Burr comb has to do with not having proper bee space.
BjornBee said: 6. I can work the inner cover alot easier when its propolized/burred to the hive or frames. I can't see how many frames are coming up when its just the top.
A good point. For this reason my tops are not like the typical outer cover. They are more a migratory style top that doesn't hang over the edges.
I use Inner Covers but I would think that if you didn't they would proplize the cover and make it harder to remove. Also it helps to contain the bees when you open the hive.
I agree that inner covers are very handy. One can cut the dimensions out of scrap ply board and cut a hole in the center as well.
One of the very few things I can do with wood.
I use an inner-cover for the reasons BjornBee has stated. And I agree w/ him that Burr comb is caused by incorrect bee-space.
A 'factory-made' inner-cover has a 'rim' around the edges. That rim creates the proper bee-space between your top-bars and the underneath side of inner-cover.
A (telescoping) top-cover placed directly onto your super, does NOT provide the required bee-space.
Try adding a screw that has a 'thick head' (like #12 sheet-metal), in each corner of your top-cover, so that when top-cover is in place and resting on the screw-heads, they create some extra space (and additional ventalation).
And remember, most comb-building is usually done during nectar flows.
I use inner covers with one flat side and the other with a rim spacing. I leave the rim side down through winter to provide proper winter cluster space. In the spring I turn the flat side down to prevent bur comb build up. Works well. It is used as a feeder board in the fall. Also provides a ventulated air space between the hive top and the rest of the hive bodies for those hot summer days. I swear by inner cover use...