Please bear with me on this one ... I'm trying to understand the correct placement of ones inner cover.
Cdn beek here, so winter is always a concern to us and dealing with moist humid hives. My inner covers all have a central hole in them and a notched rim. In the summer my inner covers are placed with the notch facing upwards next to the outer cover. According to everything I have read that is also the correct way it should be for the winter. The notched opening acts as a ventilation hole as well as an upper entrance. But I am repeatly being told that I should be reversing this for the winter ... I know, it may seem like I'm beating a dead horse here (hmm ... maybe thats that the best way to put it). How do others treat this who actually experience similar winters? My main concern is the fact that you are venting the brood chambers directly but there will still be warm moist humid air going up thru the central hole essentially being trapped next to the outer cover now that the vent is no longer there. It just makes sense to vent the very top of the hive for things to work properly. Now this is assuming that one is dealing with all this condensation in the first place. Thanks