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Can anyone give an explanation to the Warre hive roof?
In the book Beekeeping for all, page 47 the roof is explained for construction.
http://thebeespace.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/beekeeping_for_all.pdf

The design has a quilt box to hold the straw/saw dust etc. Then the roof sits on that with a board attached completely. Does this board not prevent the flow of air and thus reduce the escape of heat? I was under the impression that the sawdust controlled the escape of air as an insulator and a top board was no longer needed.

Or is the top board to act as in a Lang hive but the insulation below simply to absorb condensation?
 

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.Or is the top board to act as in a Lang hive but the insulation below simply to absorb condensation?
Yes, it buffers both warmth and moisture. The roof is really a good design. (Except for moving hives. But that is not a problem for the small scale beekeeper.)
 
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