I am planning on purchasing hive top feeder for future use instead of the entrance feeder I have. Any recommendations about brands or things to look out for? I have seen several with the entrance slot in the middle and a reservoir on each side with wood floats in them. My hive was built by a friend using plans from Fat Bee Man. It's an 8 frame hive so I am assuming it is a standard size if I was to order one. I am at work so I can't remember but I am thinking it is like 19 7/8 inches from front to back. (that is from memory so I could be wrong.)
I thought about building one myself. My thought was an open slot down the middle with the reservoir on each side. I was going to run some screen or hardware cloth at an angle from the opening down to the lower outer corner, so no matter how deep the syrup is they would have a way out. Does this make sense, and if so any reason that would not be a good idea?