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, […]

Top Bars

Top Bars

The Idea Top bars are simple wooden strips that rest on top of the hive body. They: are spaced at 1 1/4″, the thickness of a brood comb are rigid enough not to warp or bend can use starter strips to guide comb building can be reinforced for easier comb handling can be recessed to prevent lateral movement But I’ve found that top bar complications […]

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!