I have built two hives and today a guy gave me another. This is am old hive that his dad bought a few years back and put together, never used, never painted, because he got sick.

So my questions is two fold. First, it has a non screened bottom board. Should I build one, buy one or just run it on the old syle board? I have spent too much money so far and I am wanting to cut back, but is this a place to skimp?

Lastly, I read that whenever someone gives you a hive you should 'flame it'. What is this??