I live in Colorado Springs, Colorado - South of Denver. I have tried to find a mentor through my local bee association and not only are there none but it seems that people have little knowledge of the Warre Hive. Although, some said I think a few people may have tried it. That leads me to believe they were not successful. I also saw a posting looking for a North Colorado mentor. In there I believe someone is using Warre hives not far from me with limited success. This make me reluctant to try but in my heart, I really like the Warre Hive. That being said, I was wondering if a thicker box would possibly make this hive more successful in our area. I am thinking our eratic winter weather from very cold (below zero) to near 70's and back again could be affecting the wintering cluster. The association members highly discourage wrapping/insulating the hive in the winter as our crazy weather has "cooked" bees right in the hive if insulated.
Any thoughts on my building a hive with the thicker side walls? If so, has anyone done it and have the plans converted for the larger lumber dimension?
Thanks for your help.