I am making several double nuc hives, to hold four frames on each side. Rather than using a standard deep box and partitioning it, i'm planning to place two 4-frame nucs next to each other on a bottom board with a divider and entrances at opposite ends. So, first question, is there any advantage to sing a standard deep instead of two side-by-side boxes?
I am making the boxes out of 3/4 inch stock, so they will have the same dimensions as the store bought one I already have--1 1/2 inch wall between the two boxes. But since I am making these I can do anything I want. Is there and advantage to making the inside walls of the nucs boxes thinner? Say, 3/8 inch or 1/2 inch in thickness. Could this transfer warmth more efficiently and and create a healthier cluster? For that matter, what about going even more extreme and using #8 hardware cloth as the inside side of the nucs? I can see problems with this, too. But maybe it some kind of odd divider or snelgrove board-like thing. Hmmmm.