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gwalker314
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« on: May 22, 2009, 05:33:17 PM »

Maybe I am missing something here?
I have built several brood and honey supers (Deeps & mediums). I used the internet plans that show the frame rest is rabbeted 5/8" from the top edge of the front and rear of the boxes. I have purchased frames from 2 different suppiers and they are not the same thickness. Supplier A's frames are 3/8" thick and supplier B's are about 1/16" thicker. Even with the 3/8" frames the bee space would only be 1/4".
Is this adequate for the bees to cross over the frame tops to get to the feeder jar which is over the inner cover hole? Seems I read that bees need 3/8" ?
Could it cause other issues if the space is too small or too large if you flip the inner cover over? My inner cover only has a spcer on 1 side.

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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2009, 05:44:56 PM »

If I remember correctly, 3/16 is the bee space. Any thing larger in the top will cause no problem except a little burr comb. Which is common with an inner cover, and some time with out one.
1/4 inch is fine. don't worry over it too  much.
If it turns out you have less than 3/16 just add a inner cover with the flange side down. :)doak
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2009, 05:50:51 PM »

OH! if you don't have inner covers, just rip some 1/8th inch x 1 inch and "glue well"  and tack to the inside of the top cover to the same dementions as the sides.
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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2009, 07:08:47 PM »

OH! if you don't have inner covers, just rip some 1/8th inch x 1 inch and "glue well"  and tack to the inside of the top cover to the same dementions as the sides.
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If you did this to a piece of plywood and cut a hole in it you would have an inner cover...
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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2009, 10:40:11 PM »

A bee can get through 3/16" but that is below beespace.  Beespace is between 1/4" and 3/8".
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