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    Default lang quilt box

    i was doing some thinking today and i like idea of using a quilt box. so in my personal quest to keep bees in a lang compleatly as natural as possiable i decided to build a quilt box for my lang. the quilt box will be filled with shredded dried corn husk that will absorb moisture and wick it away simulating the roof in a tree cavity. is very simple. i only used a hand saw and a drill and hammer,nails,glue.
    here it is
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    Default Re: lang quilt box

    Okay, I am completely confused. Where exactly in/on a Lang would you use this?

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    Default Re: lang quilt box

    it can be used any time but i proably wont use it until fall/winter. it will go in place of the inner cover

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    Default Re: lang quilt box

    I was looking at a Warre once and thought of the same thing. I like your implementation. Let me know how it turns out.

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    Default Re: lang quilt box

    If your screen isn't the metal type I think you will find the bees will chew through it.
    Always question Conventional Wisdom.

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    Default Re: lang quilt box

    Never heard it called a quilt box. Many people around here use a similar set up for the winter. I would suggest cedar shavings over the corn husk, that how it is done around here.

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    Default Re: lang quilt box

    I would make less holes, none on the sides of incoming rain, and slant the holes for water runoff. The center board could be horizontal with a feeder jar hole plugged with a jar lid. A rim on the bottom would allow for pollen patty feeding. Now you need deep telescoping covers or a Warre covers to cover it.

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    Default Re: lang quilt box

    There is detailed description how to make a moisture quilt for a Langstroth hive by Rusty from Honey Bee Suite:
    http://www.honeybeesuite.com/how-to-...ngstroth-hive/

    I personally like this WEB-site so much - Rusty provides balanced information on many aspects of small/hobbyist beekeeping. Sergey
    Серёжа, Sergey

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    Default Re: lang quilt box

    I made mine like odfrank describes. 1" between screen and bottom to allow for sugar/patty feeding, and horizontal 1x6 at the bottom plugged with a wide-mouth lid to allow for syrup feeding from 1/2 gallon jars. Very versatile, though I do see some burr comb in the extra space.

    Mark

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    Default Re: lang quilt box

    I made some modeled after this design ...

    http://www.beebehavior.com/THSC_Unit.php

    I have two holes per side covered with 1/8 hardware cloth. I plug them from the outside with wine corks for the winter. The front hole stays open year round. I also put 1/8 hardware cloth on the top of the upper board to keep the bees down, but still allow moisture/air to flow up through. In the winter I use old wool, etc for the quilt, I put a couple thin pieces of foam on top of that.

    In the summer, I leave them on, just remove the corks and quilt. The hardware cloth keeps the bees out of the top box, it is just there as a vent box.

    Just another idea.

    The hives stay well vented and the moisture has a place to escape.

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    Default Re: lang quilt box

    Quote Originally Posted by PAHunter62 View Post
    I made some modeled after this design ...

    http://www.beebehavior.com/THSC_Unit.php

    I have two holes per side covered with 1/8 hardware cloth. I plug them from the outside with wine corks for the winter. The front hole stays open year round. I also put 1/8 hardware cloth on the top of the upper board to keep the bees down, but still allow moisture/air to flow up through. In the winter I use old wool, etc for the quilt, I put a couple thin pieces of foam on top of that.

    In the summer, I leave them on, just remove the corks and quilt. The hardware cloth keeps the bees out of the top box, it is just there as a vent box.

    Just another idea.

    The hives stay well vented and the moisture has a place to escape.

    I made the same as you got the idea from behavior, they work great. I like to make sugar cakes and place them under a pillowcase filled with wood chips and when the bees use up the sugar cake I pull back the pillowcase and add another. Some hives stay up top all winter and do just fine.

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