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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Quilt Box?

    Quote Originally Posted by Just Krispy View Post
    Inner cover goes on top of quilt box. If its under, it blocks the benefit of the quilt box. Moisture gets trapped under the inner cover.
    Oh. That may be why they said in bee club: don't use an inner cover with a quilt box.

    I put my inner cover under the quilt box so I could put winter food in there, but if you think the inner cover itself will trap and drip condensation, then I'll remove the inner cover altogether, and just put feed directly on top of the frames, with a shim to space.

    Doesn't seem much good in putting an inner cover *over* the quilt box, bees can't get to it thru the shavings.

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    Default Re: Quilt Box?

    So to summarize, what's the verdict: inner cover or no inner cover with a quilt box, and if so, where?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewbeeInNH View Post

    I put my inner cover under the quilt box so I could put winter food in there, [snip]
    ....and therein lies the crux of my problem. Where do you top feed when using a QB?

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    Default Re: Quilt Box?

    Put a spacer under the quilt box to make room for food. I recessed the screen in my quilt boxes to make room for sugar bricks.

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    Default Re: Quilt Box?

    Quote Originally Posted by Just Krispy View Post
    Put a spacer under the quilt box to make room for food. I recessed the screen in my quilt boxes to make room for sugar bricks.
    And then feed directly on the frames?

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    Default Re: Quilt Box?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luterra View Post
    Based on Rusty's general plan I built these 4-in-1 inner covers for Pacific Northwest wet-winter beekeeping. They have a 1 1/4" space between the screen and top bars for placement of pollen/fondant patties. A few hives have tried to build comb in this space, but generally they don't.
    I really like the design. Have you had any issues with the strip for the mason jar feeder being large enough to have moisture condense on?

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    Default Re: Quilt Box?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewbeeInNH View Post
    So to summarize, what's the verdict: inner cover or no inner cover with a quilt box, and if so, where?
    No inner cover

  8. #48
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    Default Re: Quilt Box?

    I'm using one this year. Shallow super with aluminum screen on the bottom, then a queen excluder stapled to it and filled with clean natural wood shavings. The finer mesh should keep the dust down and the queen excluder provides structural support. I have 2 ea., 3/4 inch holes drilled at an upward angle on each side of the super, with aluminum screening stapled on the inside to keep out critters. Holes provide ventilation. I'm painting it now.

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    Default Re: Quilt Box?

    check out this thread in the Equipment section:

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...ox-ventilation

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