I’ve not dropped by the forum for a while but I just bought my 3rd flow hive and it’s the Flow 2. WHOOP! I’m so excited ESPECIALLY since I got honey from my flow super for the first time.
So I’m already cogitating on how to winterize with the new stand and wonder if anyone has gone down that path yet. I’m also wondering if anyone has done a verroa treatment with the hot iron wand do dad that gets hot and if they have any tips.
I do it all the time, but I treat for Varroa, not verroa.
I remove the coreflute slider and replace it with a doubled sheet of flashing in the lower slot. The hot iron goes in from the back of the hive on top of the flashing. No burning of bees, wood or wax because the heater is on the flashing. Works brilliantly.
If you try to put it in from the front, it may not fit very well, which is why I do it the way I described.
I’ve got my flashing ready to treat in a week or 2 on the original hives. I never forgot that suggestion and I’ve shared it with others who use the hot iron thingy. HI Dawn! Yup, the incorrect spelling is stuck in my head.
This video shows you the 2 different ways in which you can position your built-in ventilation control.
I’m not sure about wood chips in the bottom. I’ve only seen things on the top of the hive, maybe @Gerald_Nickel has a suggestion? I think I’ve seen him using wood shavings in his roof.
From our instruction manual, it is only used for pest control and should be cleaned out prior to harvesting.
As for that slider trap or whatever its called … I’d just flip it over … like said the bottom void is no more a void/extra space to heat. Or if it’s really cold/freezing a properly sized piece of styrofoam might do it too. Here in Puget Sound we don’t get that cold I’d worry n just flip n forget the wood chips. That would be a pain … n chips do settle some.
Now here’s the simple moisture cushion I use during the late Fall/Winter/early Spring. As the colonies condensate rises it is obsorbed by the wood chip in this cushion box. The box is screened in the bottom with layer of duct cloth n wood chips filled in … the large screened side holes help carry-off the excess moisture.