I have a bunch of new hives this year. I began getting concerned about feeding when the honey started disappearing a couple weeks ago. Figured it was late summer slump and-- because I am cheap and lazy-- decided to just feed some dry sugar. I blame this on reading my hero, Michael Bush :thumbsup:. I had it in my wee head that I would use the top cover, pour sugar (and cinnamon for ant control), spritz to crust, throw on an empty medium and go home. All those things I had in the yard, on the hive or in the truck. Hopefully, a fall flow will start in a couple more weeks. So, after I got home, I decided maybe I ought to refresh my memory about how you are really supposed to do this. Now, I can't find where anyone says use the top cover to feed on. It seems to work. The bees are eating and storing. I'm not buying a bunch of expensive top feeders or drowning bees. Everybody seems happy. With relatively mild winters in North Alabama, I am thinking about using this as primary feeding this winter. So I am wondering, is there some downside I haven't figured out yet?