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Warre hive quilt box construction

how to attach the burlap quilt on a Warre hive boxHow do you attach burlap material to the quilt box of a Warre hive?

Some people use staples, but that felt a little sloppy for this application.

We ended up cutting furring strips and then screwing them to the inner wall.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I love your homesteading blog! I would love to homestead like you are doing. I really get tired of sitting in a box waiting for 5pm to roll around.

So, for a side business I make beehives. I have made several Warre hives, and now I make a larger Warre hive that I call Farmstead. It is 375mm inside dimension instead of 300, 10 frames.

I attach a layer of window screen over the duck cloth that I use for the quilt. I use staples, and I find that they hold up just fine. I also drill ventilation holes in the sides of the quilt box, then cover them with 1/8" wire mesh on the outside to keep pests out, and on the inside with strips of duck cloth to keep the wood shavings in as well as small pests (ants and such) out. These ventilation holes allow the quilt to dry without causing a chimney effect draft.

You can see a picture or two at my (so far) hoaky website

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