Quantcast

To Vent or not to Vent

Beekeeping Forum

Help Support Beekeeping Forum:

How much ventilation do you allow


  • Total voters
    46
  • Poll closed .

grizzly 

Drone Bee
Joined
Nov 9, 2008
Messages
1,106
Reaction score
0
Location
Hampshire
Hive Type
langstroth
Number of Hives
6
Was looking at an old thread on Ventilation, and coupled with an article i read yesterday in a magazine i thought it might be good to run a poll and get comments again for those who may be entering their first winter.

I have OMF on all hives, i have closed up the vents in the CB, as i do NOT want a chimney effect being created through the hive over winter.

Reading this article yesterday i groaned when i saw an experienced beekeeper singing the praises of top ventilation, just when i thought the majority of us agreed that allowing draughts to howl up through a hive in winter was probably not a great idea.

What have you done with yours ?
 

SER 

House Bee
Joined
Feb 24, 2009
Messages
139
Reaction score
0
Location
South Devon
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
2
Mine have OMF and solid CB with a bit of multi-layer foil/fleece roof insulation under the roof.

The hive stands I made have fairly deep sides which I think will have a similar effect to sitting the BB on a super and stop the wind (which is really blowing at the moment!) from whistling right under the OMF.

I also have a poly nuc with an OMF.

This is my first winter so it's all trial and error and fingers crossed for me
 

MJBee 

Drone Bee
Joined
Dec 4, 2008
Messages
1,818
Reaction score
0
Location
Dordogne 24360 France
Hive Type
commercial
Number of Hives
16 a mix of Commercial, National, 14 x 12, Dadant and a Warre
OMF and holes in CB covered and insulation on top. I made my own floors with a removable solid insert 50mm below the mesh. In really cold or windy weather this can be put in to reduce the bottom ventilation to a "letter box" shaped slot at the back of the hive 50mm x 450mm.
:cheers2: Mike
 
Joined
Jun 20, 2009
Messages
2,433
Reaction score
0
Location
Kingsbridge, South Devon
Hive Type
none
Number of Hives
0 - Now in beeless retirement!
Polyhives - no CB but a solid roof so no top ventilation. OMF left open. These type of hive are designed to be used without top ventilation from the outset although some have a roof which can be inverted to allow a top entrance in time of high nectar flow.
 

FenBee 

House Bee
Joined
Mar 25, 2009
Messages
213
Reaction score
0
Location
UK
Hive Type
langstroth
Number of Hives
6
I have open mesh floor with the holes in the crown board covered by two packets of ready made icing sugar, on each hive. Box on top of the crown board gave room for plenty of insulation.

They should not need the ready ice as the two hives have already taken approximately 50Kg of sugar syrup this Autumn, along with 1% of Vita Spring Gold and 1% of Vita Autumn Green.
But the ready ice is there just in case they run low.
 
T

Tom Bick 

Guest
OMF open the old match stick on 4 corners of the crown board feed hole blocked 2" polystyrene on the top of that in this case its a WBC hive
 

Latest posts

Top