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  1. #41
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    Default Re: making your own inner covers

    Thank you for the last two post.

    Steve

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    Default Re: making your own inner covers

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
    My inner covers...1/2"plywood body, pine rim. Flat on one side, 3/4" space on other side.
    Why do you have the 3/4" space on the one side, do you use it for feeding? What are some different scenarios where you would use the cover with the flat side up and then other times with the flat side down?

    Do you mill the ventilation/entrance notch on both side or just one?

    Thanks again, Steve

  3. #43
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    Default Re: making your own inner covers

    What do you guys think about the plywood thickness I'm seeing 1/4 '' and 3/8'' and 1/2'' I'd rather use the thicker to prevent warping if it doesn't change any clearance inside for for the bees.
    Last edited by laketrout; 03-18-2013 at 09:00 PM.

  4. #44
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    St. Albans, Vermont
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    Default Re: making your own inner covers

    Quote Originally Posted by hig View Post
    Why do you have the 3/4" space on the one side, do you use it for feeding? What are some different scenarios where you would use the cover with the flat side up and then other times with the flat side down?

    Do you mill the ventilation/entrance notch on both side or just one?

    Thanks again, Steve
    The 3/4" side is for feeding pollen sub or fondant, or for wintering. Entrance notch on one side. Flat side down from spring to fall. Recessed side down after the last supers are removed in September, to when the first supers are added in April.

  5. #45
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    Winhall, VT
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    Default Re: making your own inner covers

    After seeing Mikes inner covers I made all of my nuc inner covers the same way. Yesterday I put pollen patties on all my hives and these inner cover makes it too easy. Pull cover, remove the block of 2"insulation, crack inner cover, smoke to get bees down, pollen patties on. Rinse and repeat.

    Now I wait a few weeks before reversing production hives. Fingers crossed.
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
    USDA Zone 5A

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