I’ve been meaning to try out quilt boxes for ever and finally got around to making some using scrap wood and fly screen. Pretty simple just shallow boxes with vent holes on the sides. I used pine wood chips- about two inches deep, on top of layer of cotton. I have filled the boxes to just below the vent holes so hopefully the air and moisture can move freely out of the hive without losing heat. That’s the idea.
Here in Adelaide we tend to get a lot of condensation in hives in winter due to very cold nights. Frames tend to get blackened with mold. Hive mats alone help keep the brood dry but I’m hoping these will work even better.
Emptied if chips these boxes will also work well as ventilated kids for moving hives and possibly as feeder boxes. I think they’ll help in summer too to keep radiant heat off the top box.