All of our hives have frame feeders in the top box, year around.
The next question is; Do you place the feeders to the inside of the pallet or the outside?
If your feeders are on the inside (away from you) then feeding is simply a matter of sliding the lid toward you a few inches and filling the feeder.
We have our feeders on the outside.
We believe that this provides a dead air space (insulation) to the outside and allows the bees to cluster closer to the inside of the pallet for better wintering.
I have exactly ONE more hive than you.
That makes my opinion beyond dispute!
Thanks for the info guys. I will try out a few over the next season and see if any stick.
To update what I did. I placed pail feeders directly on top of unpainted plywood inner covers with the lid placed on top of feeder pail to give some pertection. No box around pail. We got rain and snow several times and inner covers look fine. I plan to continue this. No added equipment. Easy and simple.
I put these in feeder holes
For the beekeepers that pail feed what is a good long lasting pail feeder?
I was even thinking a metal tin type just not sure .
I'm afraid Arizona heat will dry out the plastic type
I would lean toward these
Paragon in Irving Park ,Ill. We use 2 gallon, with a metal handle.
Jim - read "metal handle"
AZ - we weld in a piece of SS screen.
Roland how do you refill your pail?
Make that Paragon pail MELROSE PARK, Il. my bad. The factory does not deal direct. Talk to Dee at BASCO https://bascousa.com/
That particular pail has a lid that is easy to remove. The pails can be washed and staked for storage.