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  1. Equipment/Hardware
    Hello, I am a first year beek going into winter and I have been researching a kinds of winterizing methods and hive setups. One thing that I did not come across anyone suggesting, which an acquaintance suggested, was to place a slatted rack on top of the hive right above the inner cover. This...
  2. Equipment/Hardware
    I plan to make a slatted rack as a project to test out my new CNC router (https://www.maslowcnc.com/). Unfortunately, like many things in beekeeping, I can find no clear design rules for slatted racks. It all seems to be arbitrary. 1) Does slatt orientation matter in slatted rack design...
  3. Equipment/Hardware
    I’m considering building some slatted racks. Most of the plans I’ve seen and the rack I actually bought use 3/4” square slats and the 4” or so wide platform is also that thick. Since there’s no structural component is there a reason why the slats and platform need to be that thick? If I’m a bee...
  4. Equipment/Hardware
    Almost all the slatted racks that people use seems to have slats paralell to the frames of the beehive (cold build), if i understand correctly - vertical slatts. This configuration is apparently a result of a wish for the vartoa mites to fall through the slatted rack and the screened bottom...
  5. Equipment/Hardware
    I am currently looking at adding a few Sundance pollen traps (bottom) to my hives. My current set up is this....hive stand, screened bottom board, slatted rack, deep super. Do I remove the slatted rack or just add the pollen trap on top of the bottom board, with slatted rack on top? I'm a...
  6. Bee Forum
    Hi - quick question from a newbie: do bees ever draw comb or make queen cups on the bottom slatted rack boards? I have one on my hive but haven't inspected it. It's often difficult to see due to the large number of bees hanging out down there. I do a thorough inspection of all frames though to...
  7. Equipment/Hardware
    Hi all! I need advices from seasoned beekeepers. I am a total beginner that has just read a ton of books, forum and taken a class: so no practical experience. We designed a beehive and for the stand (the drawings below), I was thinking of making a stand that would combine the stand proper, the...
  8. Equipment/Hardware
    I've been considering using slatted racks. Currently I run 11 frames in a 10 frame box for brood though, which I believe means for best results, I'm going to need a custom slatted rack if I try it. Anyone else try a slatted rack with 11 frames? Anyone else care to post experiences with a...
  9. Beekeeping 101
    This is the my first year into bees so I am trying to learn alot in a short amount of time. As I blunder through and purchase my components I see something which seems very odd to me but I'm assuming is "normal". I have decided to go all 8 frame mediums and bought my unsassembled boxes from...
  10. Bee Forum
    I just assembled my first slatted rack - a big accomplishment for me! It's painted and I'm getting ready to install when I relalize I don't know up from down and front from back - sadly, this occurs a lot for me in beekeeping! :) I've attached a picture. From what I've read, my understanding...
  11. Bee Forum
    This is a short, 13 second, so-so video. The hives with these also have top entrances that have been used very little. I prefer to have some congestion to help deter robbing. http://s275.photobucket.com/albums/jj305/js06807/?action=view&current=MVI_8022.mp4
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