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  1. #81
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    Default Re: Canvas inner cover

    My tops are sealed tight to keep in heat and the hole in the upper brood box right below the handhold takes care of ventilation needs.
    Quote Originally Posted by Swarmhunter View Post
    I'm confused about why anybody would use a material porous or not on top of a hive in the winter? Doesn't it get soggy and trap moisture down in the hive body? I can see maybe in the summer to cover a double Nuc . I don't see any advantage. Cheaper?

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  3. #82
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    Morgan County, Alabama,USA
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    Default Re: Canvas inner cover

    after watching the UoG videos on youtube, I bought a couple of yards of heavy canvas to use for inner covers on some new hives that i hope to fill this spring. I also read Charles Dadant's book "The Dadant System of Beekeeping", where they used (100 years ago), oilcloth for inner covers. the slick side i'm guessing went down ?, so that it would easily peel off of the top of the frames? i plan of trying a few oilcloth inner covers as well. (i believe that quite often, "the old school is the best school"). has anyone else tried oilcloth?

  4. #83
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    Default Re: Canvas inner cover

    I am using feed sacks. They unfortunately lack an UV inhibitor. You get a couples of years use and they disintegrate. I would try barn curtain material if I had some that was new. This is a heavier material that does contain a UV inhibitor. It is used as a roll up curtain on poultry houses, for hogs and dairy barns. I get about 10 years service from it even when exposed.

  5. #84
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    Default Re: Canvas inner cover

    Talking of old, I think abby warre used burlap but he put a flower paste on it first.
    Cheers
    gww
    zone 5b

  6. #85
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    Default Re: Canvas inner cover

    One source online for 18 oz Canvas/Duck Cloth is Sailrite ...

    http://www.sailrite.com/Cotton-Duck-8-Off-White-18oz-60

    They don't kill you on shipping. I picked up some to try.

    PAHunter62

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