Starter Strips

Starter Strips

The Idea Bees just like to draw out comb their own way. Yet, it’s often necessary to direct comb building so a hive can have removable combs/frames. Beeswax starter strips are used for this purpose. They are easy to make. But must be waxed in carefully to avoid heat related failures. Un-embossed starter strips: confuse the bees less than embossed strips allow for a rapid […]

Footprint Foundation

Footprint Foundation

The Idea A beeswax ridge runs down the center of my top bars. This ridge is produced by pouring hot beeswax into the notch of a wooden mold or by spooning melted beeswax directly into a saw kerf. The ridge helps the bees orient their comb down a top bar’s length. This method works most, but not all the time. When I produce cut comb, […]

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