Yes but leaving the inspection tray in a good few inches under the mesh leaves the mesh floor open but allows me to monitor what’s going on above itI keep mine open except when vaping.
I thought that was the point of OMF.
Maybe if I had a weak colony with a small cluster of was overwintering a nuc, but for a healthy hive it open for me.
Can I make it clear that leaving an inspection tray that is inches below the mesh with the back not closed off isn't closing the ventilation up but like somebody else has mentioned you have to clean it regularly.The simplest answer. NO!
Let’s see uour arguments for this useless and possibly less than useless idea of closing up the bottom ventilation.
Some might but not II leave most of mine under the floors,
Some get blown away if they are on exposed sites, they do help as a wind break.
I've got into using some inspection board pushed up under my nuc floors in the early spring, does anyone else do this?
My stands incorporate a shelf for the inspection board about 65mm below the mesh floor ... and the front of the stand is closed off so I don't get bees undershooting the landing board or any draughts blowing in.Can I make it clear that leaving an inspection tray that is inches below the mesh with the back not closed off isn't closing the ventilation up but like somebody else has mentioned you have to clean it regularly.
On this subject, I have one colony on a solid floor with an UFE. Not a spot of condensation on the crown board.
Are you skating on Wedmoreian thin ice??....................snip..........................Despite being so snugly retained, the bees are obviously still getting a very direct sense of external temperature variations because they appear and disappear in sync. with most reports of bee activity on this forum. I think the root of the debate concerning the retention of the inspection board or tray is related to the bigger dilemma of insulation and whether, in the UK climate, it is better for the bees to be exposed to the cold of the winter or to be protected from it.