Re: Metal vs Wood Bound Excluder
I have both and I'm slowly weeding out the wood bound. Why?
The amount of "ladder comb" they build in the wood excluder is ALOT the way I run honey boxes. You see, I use a top entrance above my excluder for the field bees. I take the frame to an inner cover and cut the air vent to 4-5 inches wide. The field bees eventually use it exclusively for coming and going. The wood framed excluder combined with the upper entrance makes the gap between brood chamber and honey supers just too talk. Way too much honey is eventually stored in the "ladder comb" they build on top of the excluder to the bottom of the first honey super. I can try to make slat in the wood framed excluder for a top entrance. Just never works well. I do realize that my situation is unique.
Still, if I didn't have the top entrance, I would still choose the solid metal excluders.
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