I wanted to post a picture of one of the hives that a cutout customer found in her old barn. Her father was going to get into bee keeping but never did. He accumulated 10 deeps, 10 mediums, several shallows, observation hive, and various tools. Anyway, these hives have a solid bottom board and can be used either side up, a shallow 3/8" side or a taller side which I didn't measure but probably an inch. I liked the 3/8" side up and just set the entrance reducer in front so it can't slide under the hive body and get glue'd in by the bees. There is no inner cover on these hives. I've been using a few of them for a month now and I have to say I don't miss the inner cover and am wondering if all the ones I bought for my modern backyard beekeeper hives aren't just "hive bling" lol. The top covers are a piece of masonite? rough on one side and real smooth on the other. There is a sheet metal pan and a frame to make it telescoping. I waterproofed and clear-coated all the boxes.