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Thanks for the article link.

Even if one does not have a 'thermosolar' hive, this is reinforcement that a good strategy is to place all hives in full sun whenever possible. :)
 

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Or during the winter time when the sun is not that hot go ahead to heat up the
nuc hives to 86F all winter long. This will encourage the bees to not form a cluster and
are still grooming each others. I have very strong allogrooming Italians bees this winter.

With the sun in high noon the hive temp can reach 90F along with the supplement heat. We'll see what is
the mite load coming out of winter that in other years will crashed my hives without doing any treatment before
winter time.
 

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104F, I think it is quite achievable with the 100 watt light bulb added to the 20 watt heat pads. At night time
the bees will be fanning like crazy under such an intense heat for a short duration.
 
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