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Hole in the top board


#1

Hi,

There is a hole in the top board to allow for adding a jar for honeycomb (or something like that). I am wondering, if I am not planning on putting in a jar, should I cover that hole with something? if I don’t, is there any risk of the bees icing the space in the roof cavity to store honey?

Thanks

Simon


#2

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#3

And 50mm of PIR insulation


#4

@Psychochook Simon anything that will cover the hole over - just to stop the bees getting into the roof space.

I think the hole is too big for a “bee escape” - you could tape a jar lid over it


#5

The hole was designed for a Porter bee escape, not a jar to get honey in it. I wish they would put a round hole the size of a canning jar so it would work well for a feeder, but they don’t. If you want to get the bees to put honey in jars, I would make a board with jars as tight as you can get them together and lay a bead of wax on the glass so the bees don’t have trouble attaching the comb. A Van Deusen wax-tube fastener is a great tool for that job.
https://www.kelleybees.com/Shop/43/Hives-Components/Foundation-Accessories/4065/Copper-Wax-Tube-Fastener
http://www.dadant.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=231
http://www.bbhoneyfarms.com/store/p-676-wax-tube-fastener
http://shop.honeybeeware.com/Copper-Wax-Tube-Fastener-165.htm
https://books.google.com/books?id=XshlAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA101&lpg=PA101&dq=“wax+tube+fastener”&source=bl&ots=9RMrWrqWQ0&sig=GGY_nwR_JL22Q0NoYzYGJRIRagI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CF4Q6AEwCmoVChMIvJHc7dTEyAIVQdFjCh2myQGV#v=onepage&q=“wax%20tube%20fastener”&f=false