We are still using these Screened Bottom Boards in our Bee yard. The oldest was made in 2005 and still in great shape. Never needs paint and will last years and years.
Our Prototype. Notice the open hook which we closed right away so you wouldn't get snagged. Sold this style from May 2005 to July 2006, then got new stamped tags. This is an active board. Just waiting to do some splits.
Combo Original with Stamped Smoke Hole Tags. July 2006 to 2010 This one is currently in use. Note the closed Eye-Hook. We have a jig that bends them a certain way so they lock nicely. Yes, my husband is amazing.
Country Rubes Original made from March 2010 to October 2012. The Combo Originals are about an inch shorter than todays version (The Deep).
Our Combo Deep Screened Bottom Board. Note two bees and the word Deep on Smoke Hole tag. Made from October 2012 to present.