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  1. #1
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    Question Burlap for Inner Covers?

    I have been using those plastic feed bags for inner covers, but I'm short on those and have a bunch of nice burlap coffee sacks. I also don't love the way the plastic stuff gets 'stringy' and you end up contributing plastic shreds to the yard. If I could use burlap, any that get too shaggy can go right into the smoker.

    Has anyone tried burlap for an inner cover, or would the bees chew it up? Or perhaps there's another reason not to use it.

    I've also thought about using canvass, so any thoughts on that could help too...

    Thanks,

    Adam

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    Default Re: Burlap for Inner Covers?

    burlap is alot better than plastic,
    you will love burlap
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

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    Default Re: Burlap for Inner Covers?

    I've seen it done on nucs. My only thought is that if any part remains outside the hive it may wick moisture (rain) into the hive. But I'm not sure about that, just a thought.

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    Default Re: Burlap for Inner Covers?

    Ian, just wondering why you like burlap? I haven't experienced the "stringy" problem that Adam describes and, other than combatting that, I wondered what advantages burlap offers?

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    Default Re: Burlap for Inner Covers?

    Burlap gets propolized to the top bars and shreds when you pull the bag. You'll be picking burlap threads forever.

    As for plastic feed bags getting shreddy...it's the sun. Fold or cut the bag so it doesn't stick out too far from under the cover.

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    Default Re: Burlap for Inner Covers?

    when I used inner covers, mine were wooden,
    at times when I needed a seal on top, I would use plastic or burlap, which ever I had available
    I much preferred the burlap
    It head a better seal, and it did not blow all over the place while working the hive

    I never had it on long enough to have it propolize, so I imagine that my be a draw back,
    Adrian, the plastic Adam was referring to would shred likely because it is lighter duty plastic
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

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