Re: Wrap or not???
Wrapping confuses me.
I thought bees were able to do a great job at sealing unwanted draft sources with propolis. I also thought that wood was fairly good at insulating.
The frames with foundation should help with air convection within the hive.
If one has hole at the bottom, a hole at the top, insulation under the hive top and some means of collecting condensation shouldn't the hives manage?
If one has temperatures well below freezing all winter would a layer of tar paper be enough to insulate the heat generated by the bees when top and bottom vent holes are open? I have heard of the dark surface absorbing heat to the hive and fooling the bees into going outside only to freeze
I will gladly wrap if that is what makes the difference between life and death but don't wish to put time and effort into an activity that at best is over kill and at worst is detrimental.
Janne....first hives April 2013, 15 hives, treat, plant zone 8b, at sea level, latitude 49.13, longitude 123.06