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  1. #1
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    Default Year round hive insulation?

    Would there be a down side to leaving extra insulation on hives year round? Assuming ability to vent in summer.

    JC

  2. #2
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    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: Year round hive insulation?

    Keep in mind that your hives need ventilation in winter too. Regardless of how much insulation you have humid air needs to be vented to avoid/reduce condensation in the hive.

    Some beekeepers use hives build entirely out of foam:
    http://www.betterbee.com/Products/BeeMax-Hive-Kits
    Obviously that "insulation" is in use year round.
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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