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Keeping the cluster warm in winter.

Posted by blueberrytalk on January 15, 2014

The inner cover has top openings closed and foam insulation is placed above. Today I slipped a thermometer under the foam to record the temperature of the wood above the cluster. 26.4C or 79.5F. Obviously the bees are taking advantage of the insulation to keep one side of the cluster warm.

Another advantage is that no warm moist air  is allowed to condense on the cold outer cover causing a buildup of moisture. The warm moist air from the bees respiration is routed out the top front entrance.

inner cover temp

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