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  1. joe finkle
    July 5, 2012

    Hi, i am new to this business of bees. i have 2 hives. our weather here in ohio has been nasty in the 90’s to 100 degrees. im glad i found your article. today my son and i ripped 2, 2.5 inch “rims” out of an old super. we then drilled holes and put screen in just like you guys. thanks for posting your article. im interested to see if it reduces the amount of bees swarming on the exterior of the hive on these super hot days. at what temp will you take your rims back off? respectfully joe

  2. Phillip
    June 28, 2013

    Hey Joe, your comment got lost in the shuffle. My late response: I don’t know what temperature the rims come off. I removed them after I removed and harvested the last honey for the year.

  3. Michael Jihnson
    June 24, 2014

    Using scrap wood, I made a 3 inch long by 1/2 inch X 3/4 inch spacer that I lay on top of the front end of the inner cover. In spring the 1/2 inch side is facing upward and in hot summer weather the 3/4 inch is facing upward. A weight on the top cover prevents the cover from blowing off in strong winds. Also I use a screened bottom board. I live in central Alabama and leave the screened bottom and the spacer year round. This year we had exceptionally cold weather one night down to 5 degrees. (Usually coldest weather is in low teens). Of 15 hives, I lost one that turned out to be queenless.

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