Second year beek here from the north (Ottawa area, Ontario). Looks like we have some honey to harvest and will be using a triangular bee escape to remove the bees from the honey supers. So, which way is it installed ... with the triangle facing up (into the bottom of the honey super) or facing down (into the top the deep brood chamber)?
Second question regards winter placement of inner cover. My inner covers all have a notched opening in them (the rimmed side). In the summer that notch is placed facing upward ... and thats how I left it last winter. I've been told I should have flipped it over for the winter, with the notch facing downward, providing a direct opening into the upper brood chamber. Can someone clarify that for me ... I know its extremely important to provide ventilation during our long cold winters to deal with condensation. Either option provides that ventilation, but I just want to ensure I'm doing what is proper. I also keep a bottom entrance as well, and will be using the bigger of the two on my entrance reducers. Last winter I stayed with the smaller opening plus a mouse guard. Given the amount of dead bees on the bottom boards (which I'm told is normal) I questioned just how much ventilation that little hole was providing, hense the change up this winter.