Thanks for the replies so far! I'm still planning on running these as fully horizontal hives, but the idea of being able to super is nice in theory. So, definitely not going to work it like a warre, no nadiring for me.
Good point LJ about rabbeting the edges, either that or I may need to build up an outside frame that accomplishes the same thing of sealing up the edges of the bar. An inset bar rest would alleviate many potential headaches with varied bar heights.
Thanks for the warnings about the Layens frame sizing, I already have made 5 swarm traps and 2 hives with these dimensions, and I understand the lack of transferrability, but I liked the design enough to go for it. If it causes me too much headache I won't be out too much other than time and scrap wood.
I also have three Kenyan top bar hives built with similar dimensions to Les Crowder's hives, but deeper. So I should be able to transfer these bars to langstroth boxes. No plans to get an extractor any time, not worth it for me.
So canvas, burlap, oilcloth, are there any other materials people use for the cover cloth? I remember hearing about feed bags and I saw photos of some hives in Germany where people used plastic sheeting like you'd use as a drop cloth while painting.
- Nick - SW Michigan, Zone 6b (Lake Effect, ya know?). Extra Deep Horizontal Hives.