Re: Icicles *inside* the hive!
More ventilation and a foam board above the inner cover as suggested above would be your best bet for now, it's a good thing that your inner cover was sloped, this probably helped the bees to avoid the ice. Something you might want to try next year is to make a condensation box, it is 2 1/2" high with # 8 screening stapled to the bottom and is filled with wood chips (hamster bedding) for a moisture absorbent, the condensation box has a 1/2" hole drilled through the front side to slowly let the moist air pass through the wood chips and out this hole preventing excessive heat loss. The inner cover lays on top of the condensation box, then the foam board and finally the outer cover. I have not had any moisture problems with this method. I wish you and your bees the best.
Last edited by WWW; 01-03-2013 at 11:38 PM.
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