Re: Do you use an inner cover or not and why
Mike, there is nothing crazy about your question at all.
Telescopic lids with inner covers are the way to go in a smaller operation hands down.
If I could, all of our hives would have inner and outer covers.
I think they winter better. Also, emergency winter feeding is easier.
Where the hang-up occurs however is when you get to the quantities that focus on loading trucks.
If you boom hives with telescopic lids onto your bed you will only be able to have 5 hives across.
The outer cover takes up an additional 2 1/2" per hive space.
With migratory lids you can have 6 hives across the bed. Big differance.
Palletized, your issue is the same but different. They will fit fine across the bed but will hog excess room down the length of the bed.
Anyway, my opinion is that if you can get away with using inner and outer covers in your scale of operation, I would do it.
I still have about 80 of them and folks always want to buy them from me but we use them at the home yard on and off with new hives. Unfortunatly, they all get migratory lids at some point prior to almonds.
Do what works best in your operation!
I have exactly ONE less dead-out than you.
That makes my opinion beyond dispute!