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stinger27
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« on: September 26, 2005, 02:35:49 AM »

Hey I've just discovered the D.E. Hive.  Does anyone have detailed plans for the construction of this hive, or for the modification kit for the langstroth.  I'm also curious how you change the set-up from summer to winter as far as ventilation goes.
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2005, 07:19:42 AM »

I don't know of any plans.  You could buy one from David Eyre (hence D.E.) of www.beeworks.com and use it for a pattern.  Or come here and I'll sell you one cheap.  Smiley  They are nice hives and I have four of them (plus odds and ends) but I need standard equipment.

The Winter/Summer adjustment is that you flip the nex to the top box (the vent box below the lid) over and the lid covers the vents on the lower box for winter.  You flip it back and they are exposed for summer.  The is a set of vents on the top cover that are open all year around.

It is the appropriate amount of ventilation with the solid bottom board that comes with it.  But I find a SBB with a top entrance seems to work fine for me.  I close off the botom entrance entirely and prop the top cover up with Shingle shims.  Either prop the inner cover up or put a migratory cover on with shims to hold it.

http://www.bushfarms.com/images/MigratoryTopEntrance2.JPG
http://www.bushfarms.com/images/MigratoryTopEntrance1.JPG
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2005, 03:02:27 AM »

Thanks Michael,
   Did I understand correctly, do you leave your SBB open all winter?
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2005, 07:50:22 AM »

I do NOT leave my SBB open all winter.  I might slide the tray back to leave a crack (since I don't have any bottom entrances anymore) but no more than that.
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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2005, 07:44:57 PM »

I leave my SBB open all winter.  As long as you don't have a major draft blowing up through, it does not hurt the cluster.  Remember, bees don't heat the hive, they heat the inside of the cluster.
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« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2005, 07:24:11 AM »

>as you don't have a major draft blowing up through, it does not hurt the cluster.

I'm guessing -20 F with a 60 MPH wind would be a "major draft"?
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