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Years ago I bought a bunch of great entrance disks for my nucs that I like better than any of the ones bee supply catalogs sell. I bought them on Ebay from a Ukrainian company but when they shipped them it was from Russia as Crimea changed hands between the time I ordered and the shipment went out!
They are 3 1/4" in diameter made from galvanized steel. I find that the 4 1/2" ones commonly sold by bee outfits get propolized in place and are hard to turn and the new stainless ones sold on ebay are shrunken such that the queen excluder slots are bee excluders. Im trying to avoid Plastic as they get brittle and end up in the trash.
Does anyone know a source for these?

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Ryan
hopefully images are attached below:
 

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I have no complaints about Mann Lake steel discs.

https://www.mannlakeltd.com/steel-entrance-disc-4-positions

>"I find that the 4 1/2" ones commonly sold by bee outfits get propolized in place and are hard to turn"

Dealing with propolis is just one chore beekeepers must deal with. I read somewhere vaseline discourages propolizing. Was that on Flow hives?
 

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Dealing with propolis is just one chore beekeepers must deal with.
Yes I agree but with the smaller disks in the photo I posted rarely need hive tool pry to get them to turn but the larger disks almost always do. I prefer to simplify my work if possible.
 

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These: https://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?353991-Stainless-Entrance-Disks were very poor value.

The galvanised disks sound ok - hope a source is found.
LJ
I picked up ten of the cheap stainless steel ones to test and they are ok. Its like someone scaled down a proper sized one for cost without taking into account the size of bees. The thin slot bent slightly more open works pretty well as an entrance during robbing season but the queen excluder slots are way too small for worker bees to get through. The edges are sharper than galvanized as well. In the end they might be the route I go for cost of $.40c each and ok performance.
 
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