Quilt Box Effect on Hive

August 23, 2012 2 Comments

What is a quilt box? is one of the most common questions we receive. It is essentially a small box with burlap or screen on the bottom, filled with sawdust, cedar shavings or some other organic material. The box sets on top of the topmost box the bees inhabit and is said to "absorb moisture" and "retain the nest scent and heat." But does it?

A customer of ours recently gathered some data on this very subject by using temperature sensors in his identical Langstroth hives. He added a quilt box to one of them, and left the other one untouched. Here are the identical hives:

Langstroth Hive Quilt Box

Here is the quilt box:

Langstroth Quilt Box

Here is the data he gathered:

Quilt Box Results

Note that the temperature fluctuates far less on Hegemone (the hive to which the quilt box was added).

In the next week he plans to add a solid bottom to one of the hives to see what impact it has on the temperature.


2 Responses

Smith
Smith

December 11, 2016

Cold bees are inactive hibernating bees, perhaps less heat=less activity which causes them to consume less of the precious honey store for the winter.

Steve Sexton
Steve Sexton

June 06, 2016

How does the temp sensor measure how much h moisture is absorb which is what the quilt box is for

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