Re: Artificial Heater for Bees
If you do set this up to heat the hive, you should incorporate a thermostat in some manner. If you get the hive too warm in winter, bee activity will increase, and their food consumption will also increase. It would be a real shame to go to this effort, and then have them starve before spring due to increased activity!
From reading posts by Ian, who winters bees indoors in Manitoba, the target temperature in his operation is 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
I'm in Tennessee, not Utah, but in my opinion if you get the hive set up properly from a condensation/ventilation point point of view, there is no need to heat your hive in cold weather.
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