Apimaye Thermal Properties
R 6.93 Insulation
The R value is a measure of thermal resistance, or ability of heat to transfer from hot to cold, through materials. The higher the R-Value, the more a material prevents heat transfer. The most noteworthy feature of our beehives is the R 6.93 insulation. Standard 3/4" thick pine wood used for building a beehive has an R value of about 1.04, so for a wooden beehive to have same insulation its walls have to be 5". Double layer insulation helps keeping the colony warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, creating an ideal living environment for the bees especially in the extreme climates like in Arizona, or New England. It reduces the winter food consumption, and stimulates colony growth in the spring therefore the colony is more productive in the next year.
Moisture Control System
The materials used in our Apimaye beehives do not absorb moisture. The beehives are also designed to have an active ventilation system, hence resisting fungus growth, condensation, and mold, which are common problems in wooden hives. Apimaye beehive is equipped with a screened bottom board which enables air intake. The top feeder located on the top contains air slots in the perimeter enabling the moisture to leave the hive body, and the telescopic hive top cover has slots in the front and in the back to let the moisture out of the beehive. In addition, there are adjustable round entrances on the deep hive bodies which can be used for bee entrance or for ventilation.
Broodminder & Flir Agree
Check out the graph generated by one of our beekeepers in Palm Springs, CA using Broodminder. The outside temperature reaches above 110F almost daily, yet inside the hive is exactly where it's supposed to be.