The new "Ultimate Hive Cover" telescoping cover from Bee Smart Designs is a great addition to any apiary. It's rugged and requires no assembly, making it perfect for both the professional beekeeper and the backyard beekeeper looking for an easy to use, pre-built telescoping hive cover.
The Ultimate Hive Cover is lightweight and easy to maneuver making it easy to put on and pull off of hives, especially hard to reach hives stacked tall with supers.
With the all plastic construction there are no components that will rust, crack or rot like wooden covers may be susceptible to over many years of use.
To test out these new covers, I replaced one of my homemade covers with a Bee Smart Ultimate Hive Cover to get a feel for their craftsmanship, durability and value.
One of the benefits I noticed right away was the domed top and flared sides of the cover.
The combination of a raised top and flared sides allows rainwater to quickly drain off of the top of the cover, and away from the sides of the hive.
In the picture below, you can see the covers are engineered to be slightly larger than a typical 10 frame Langstroth hive. The slightly over-sized design allows me to place the cover onto the hive quickly and effortlessly having it seat down securely over the hive.
The underside of the cover shouldn't be overlooked either. It's designed with plenty of recessed areas along the inside edges, which provide both excellent grip even when wearing gloves and also good ventilation.
The cover also boasts built-in insulating properties by use of air space within the construction of the cover itself. Speaking of construction, the Ultimate Hive Covers are made with recycled materials so you can feel good about using them while protecting the environment.
What's that you ask? How about the price? The Bee Smart Ultimate Hive Cover, used by master beekeepers and hobbyists alike are currently priced under $25 and the manufacturer is currently offering free shipping.
These telescoping covers require no assembly, no painting and are sure to provide years worth of maintenance free use in the apiary. What more could you ask for!
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