I believe the post in question was a few days ago, regarding bee escapes, not excluders, in a thread about 'useless gadgets'.
To each his own I guess, it was a response to something I posted, about having tried the fume board with bee escape as an experiment a couple weeks back, for the first time. Worked well enough for me, I'll use them again when I'm in a situation where I want / need the bees out of a super in a hurry. Then again, I cant help but wonder if not all escapes are created equal. I used a large triangle board escape, but certainly can see it being a bit of a problem with the little plastic ones that fit in the hole of an inner cover.
Yes, there was a post on this not too long ago. I think that the consensus was that it was operator error and had little or nothing to due with the QE + fume board combo. I only have one season using fume boards, and had zero problems with the QEs in place. The only disappointment I had is that I should have started using fume boards 10 years ago!!
Although I do find excluders a challenge to remove the last box, i cant imagine using fume boards without an excluder. Any brood in the top boxes grinds bee movement to a halt. It would be a waste of time without excluders.
Do it with fume boards and excluders every year. Never had a problem. By problem, I mean an extra minute or two on the closers super to the excluder never bothers me. Also, if you'll learn to use a shim top entrance on top of your excluder, you'll definitely never have a problem.
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