Top covers vs roof system, what works best
I am trying to decide what type of covers to build for my top bar hives, I see some that are a very simple piece of something lied on top of the top bars, I see things that look like telescoping top covers and others that are a roof system (most hinged). What do you like about your style of cover and what don't you like. Pictures are always helpful.
If you use the simple method of plywood, plastic, etc. laying on the top bars do you put a piece of fabric or not and why?
I use quilt boxes on my Langstroth hives and was thinking of using something similar for the top bars. Your thoughts?
Do you have bee space above your bars at all? I know they are not designed for that but I am thinking of using Lang frames in a horizontal hive and bee space is easy to build in. Pros and cons?
I use top entrances on my Langs but are top or bottom entrances better fro top bar hives? Long side or end for entrances?
Trying to finalize my plans soon. Thanks Tom
TF far northern Minnesota