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How do you keep the flow hive lid on in the wind


#1

Hello. I need to clamp the lid down on my normal hive so the wind doesn’t blow it off.

Any suggestions on how to do this with the flow hive gabled roof?


#2

Hello there,

This what I am trying:
http://forum.honeyflow.com/t/hive-base-screened-bottom-board-modification-idea/3831/107?u=dawn_sd

Dawn


#3

Thanks. You just reminded me. I have some of these too

Didn’t even cross my mind


#4

I have those too for the boxes, but I thought they might be a bit tricky to latch onto the roof overhang/telescope, so I went for the hook and eye instead. :wink:

I would be interested to read or see photos of how you make it work in the end.

Dawn


#5

Any suggestions on how to do this with the flow hive gabled roof?

One of the many reasons I hate gabled roofs…

One of these on each side should work:

They are much cheaper at the hardware store…

I made these out of #9 wire:

http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmisc.htm#topclip

If you made two to fit so one is on each side of the gable that could work.


#6

I use these. They come in multiple shapes and colors :slightly_smiling:


#7

But they slide off of these:


#8

I won one of those copper garden top hives and the bricks stay on that pitched roof ok. My first two hives were pitched top covers as well. We had a macro-burst come through this summer and some how all the bricks and hives stayed in place, except for the hive in the woods that a tree fell on top of, I lost 3 supers full of honey :frowning:
Ratchet straps work well also.


#9

Yes I will be holding mine down with ratchet straps same as all my other hives on the stand - they held up under 90MPH winds last week


#10

I’m not that keen on ratchet straps. I never know where to put the hooks and hate fiddling with the ratchet end, when you loosen it the hooks fall off.
I prefer the cam buckle ones, the whole strap goes under the hive stand. All you have to do is loosen it and slip the loop out of the way.


#11

Not the ones I have they are quite simple.
These are the ones I use like the ones used on lorry’s


#12

I use cinder blocks as they each weigh about 35 pounds. I live in Wyoming which is one state well known for it’s high winds.


#13

Have faith in your bees ability to propolise the lids down, & they do, I don’t use any straps, I use a brick to hold freshly painted lids down until the bees propolise the gap. I’m in a high wind area. In 28 years, I’ve never had a lid blown off an av. of say, 40 hives over that period.


#14

I put a chunk of firewood on the top - very low tech :wink: