« Last post by chux on July 03, 2015, 08:20:00 AM »
I'm not sure how much honey is sacrificed per pound of wax. I do know that there is a sacrifice, though. The bees burn through nectar that would have gone into honey stores, in the manufacture of comb. This is a fact. And yes, Eric, you certainly can throw that frame back on, after you cut out all the comb. I use foundationless frames. If my girls finish capping a frame in the first week of June, and I harvest with crush and strain, then put the frame back in, what will happen? That frame will get built out about a quarter of the way at most, until the flow slows down. Then it will sit until my second flow in July. They might get that frame finished and capped before the end of the cotton flow.
On the other hand, when I give them the comb back in June, when the July flow hits, they fill that comb, and possibly draw out comb in another super too. I don't see any way of getting around it. It simply makes sense. Cut and strain will cut down on honey harvest. For some, that is acceptable. Some prefer more wax. If that floats your boat, go for it and have fun.