Top or Bottom Bee Space
If anyone knows of any inacuracies in this text I would be obliged to receive corrections.
Even many years before I started beekeeping I had a passionate interest
in bees, beekeeping methods and beekeeping equipment. One of the
things that interested me was the design of equipment. (By trade I was
a design engineer and trouble shooter.) I saw various arguments in bee
books about top or bottom bee space. As I intended to keep bees myself
at some unspecified time in the future I decided to sort this out once
and for all.
The way I aproached this was to form four columns on a large piece of
paper these were "for top" "against top" "for bottom" "against bottom"
I then read all I could (about 300 books) and whenever something was
relevent I would put a one line note in the appropriate column. I have
searched high and low for this document as it represented a great deal
of effort, but I cannot find it! this is frustrating as would like to
put together a definitive lecture on the subject. I will, when time
permits, re-do this exercise but for the time being all I can offer is
that there was an overwhelming set of reasons in favour of top bee
space. As a result of this all the equipment that I have designed and built for my
own use has been top bee space but in all other respects has been
British Standard National. When I have re-gathered all the relevent
information I will publish it here.