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  1. #1
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    Default Cloth inner covers

    I've seen a number of people using some sort of cloth inner cover. Kirk Webster uses plastic feed bags, as do others.

    Anyone using cloth inner covers at all? If so, what material do you use? And do you like the cloth cover?

    Thanks,

    Adam

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    Default Re: Cloth inner covers

    I made 2 inner covers like warre quilts.
    I like them a lot.
    We used cotton under metal screen, with ~2" shavings on the screen.

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    Default Re: Cloth inner covers

    It seems that I've heard of waxed canvas. Is that right?

    Adam

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    Default Re: Cloth inner covers

    I use them on my mating nucs. Mine are canvas. They get glued down a lot, but are manageable.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Cloth inner covers

    a number of beekeepers have used cut up pieces carpet for inner covers. the price is right and they let moisture escape in the winter. way too simple for most beekeepers.

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    Default Re: Cloth inner covers

    I tried several types of material for nuc inner covers, canvas and terry cloth were some that I tried. I settled on pieces of black polyethylene plastic and pieces of polystyrene as outer covers. The plastic is sealed on by the bees with beeswax and propolis, but it easily lifts off leaving most of the beeswax and propolis on the hive and not on the plastic.
    48 years - 50 hives - TF
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    Default Re: Cloth inner covers

    I am using that black landscaping material that you put down under wood chips, its breathable and cheap

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    Default Re: Cloth inner covers

    I've used canvas before. Tried carpeting and had a mildew problem on a booming hive that was wintering over.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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    Default Re: Cloth inner covers

    What is the purpose of a cloth cover and doesn't it eliminate the bee space above the top bar?
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: Cloth inner covers

    Does anyone use corn sack bags
    They are not burlap they seem to be ???????
    strong but what they are made of, I haven't a clue

    Edited to say WHAT Was I thinking Corn

    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by psfred View Post
    Don't use seed bags if the seeds inside have been treated with neo-nics!
    Peter
    Last edited by tommyt; 05-03-2012 at 03:29 PM.

  11. #11
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    Default Re: Cloth inner covers

    the bags of corn around here seem to be made of a woven plastic

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    Default Re: Cloth inner covers

    Don't use seed bags if the seeds inside have been treated with neo-nics!

    Haven't tried cloth inner covers, we all have been using standard wooden ones for decades and they work pretty well.

    Peter

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