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    Default Multipurpose Hive Lid/Base with Top/Bottom entrance

    Here is my Multipurpose Hive Lid/Base with Top/Bottom entrance.


    • It is a migratory style lid with an entrance so that can be also used as a base.
    • The entrance is able to be reduced in width.
    • Good insulation.
    • A top and bottom entrance is useful for hive ventilation.
    • A top and bottom entrance is useful when using a queen excluder.
    • Can be used with a horizontal hive.









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    Default Re: Multipurpose Hive Lid/Base with Top/Bottom entrance

    I too have made up combinations that serve both lid and bottom board uses. To me it makes a lot of sense and standardises hive equipment.

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    Default Re: Multipurpose Hive Lid/Base with Top/Bottom entrance

    I also have the combo board. I just used Advantech as the base with 3/4" spacer on the bottom side with a 3" opening. Then if you flip it over and use shims on the other side to provide a top entrance in the front, it's then a comb board. Works great and you've less equipment to store! My favorite "gadget!"

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    Default Re: Multipurpose Hive Lid/Base with Top/Bottom entrance

    I love it! It looks great, and works great! Nice!

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    Default Re: Multipurpose Hive Lid/Base with Top/Bottom entrance

    Do you generally put both entrances to the same side? I would think it would help ventilation if you had one in the front and one in the back.
    Last edited by honeyman46408; 05-29-2013 at 06:35 PM. Reason: UNQuote

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    Default Re: Multipurpose Hive Lid/Base with Top/Bottom entrance

    I think it looks great.

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    Default Re: Multipurpose Hive Lid/Base with Top/Bottom entrance

    Nice job Matt.
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    Default Re: Multipurpose Hive Lid/Base with Top/Bottom entrance

    Similar to mine, just "taller" and not as stackable.
    Zone 5a @ 4700 ft. High Desert
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    Default Re: Multipurpose Hive Lid/Base with Top/Bottom entrance

    Quote Originally Posted by rweakley View Post
    Do you generally put both entrances to the same side? I would think it would help ventilation if you had one in the front and one in the back.
    Not a problem to have one facing the front the the other the back, just means you work the hive from the side. It would also help with raising queens in the top (with queen excluder in the middle) so that virgin queens do not return into the bottom entrance and kill the old queen.

    The extra height is to allow for the entrance. It also means the lid is thicker and has better insulation. Just may make the end of the inside board like a ramp from now on.

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    Default Re: Multipurpose Hive Lid/Base with Top/Bottom entrance

    This is almost exactly what I use, except my openings are 3, 7/8" holes, which I can close with wine corks. When it's on the bottom, the entrance is on the right, and when on top, the entrance is on the left. This allows me to divide the deeps right down the middle with divider boards so I can have stacked four-frame boxes in pairs. So in one deep, I can have two 4 frame nucs with a lower entrance for one, and an upper entrance for the other.

    Adam

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    Default Re: Multipurpose Hive Lid/Base with Top/Bottom entrance

    well, there is one more thing i have to make. I like this quite a bit!

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    Default Re: Multipurpose Hive Lid/Base with Top/Bottom entrance

    Quote Originally Posted by KPeacock View Post
    well, there is one more thing i have to make. I like this quite a bit!
    True, but it eliminates so much more............

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    Default Re: Multipurpose Hive Lid/Base with Top/Bottom entrance

    Why did you make it so deep?
    Julysun elevation 23 feet. 4 Hives, 2 years.

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    Default Re: Multipurpose Hive Lid/Base with Top/Bottom entrance

    Quote Originally Posted by julysun View Post
    Why did you make it so deep?
    Two reasons:
    With the shorter rim the entrance reducer had nothing to keep it in place, so when I took the lid off, the reducer would often stay behind or fall off. Also when putting it back on it was too easy to knock it and have it go too far in. So the extra height allows it to have the piece along the front and so it keeps the entrance reducer in place. The board on the inside also stops the reducer from being pushed in too far.

    The other is that the lid is thicker, so it provides better insulation. This reduces condensation in the winter and stops the hive from heating up as fast in the summer sun. It is also a bit heavier, so less likely to blow off.

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