This year I switched over to 8 frame mediums with top entrances. Previously I used 10 frame deeps and shallows with bottom entrances. All new equipment and a 100% winter kill caused me to evaluate how I did things. I was using SBB on all hives, closed off in winter. I have not made any for my 8 frame equipment. Here are the reasons, in no particular order:
1. Extra work and cost for questionable benefit
2. When I was introduced to SBB, they were touted as very helpful in controlling varroa--my experience has been they caused me to under-estimate the percentage of varroa in my hive, showing very few mites on the bottom board
3. In my experience, the queen didn't lay close to the bottom board; some say this is because it is too cold there to keep the brood warm
4. I am hopeful that my top entrance migratory-style covers will provide adequate ventilation
It's too early to be meaningful, but so far I have seen no SHB in any of my five hives. They were never more than an annoyance here, as long as I didn't let honey supers sit very long. No inner covers and only a top entrance for anything to get into the hives may have helped with that.
I'm not ready to write off SBB, or call them useless, I'm just doing without for now and seeing how things go. Beekeeping is most definitely local.