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Author Topic: Using sugar boards as a bottom?  (Read 998 times)
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« on: July 17, 2008, 03:42:00 PM »

I have been using my sugar boards with the 1/4" mesh on them as a bottom board for ventilation. Any reason that I should not be doing that? I couldn't think of any, but I have been told that I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer..... grin You know what I mean. Just thought that I would ask.

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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2008, 06:58:20 PM »

Does the sugar board have a lid on it?  Which way is it?  You do need between 1/4" and 1" space between the bottom of the bottom box and the bottom of the bottom board.  A reversible usually has 3/8" on one side and 3/4" on the other or something close to that.

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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2008, 10:54:38 PM »

I've run hives with no bottom boards.  As long as the hive is strong enough to defend against robbing,  they will be fine.

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