A bear came in last August and destroyed my first hive (one deep, one medium). I've salvaged all the useable stuff (top, bottom, both boxes, a few sheets of deep and about 6 sheets of medium plasticell). Had been planning on adding another medium, but those plans went up in smoke, so I've got one new medium ready to go, and bought the wood to build 5 mediums and 6 sets of frames (there simply is no plasticell available now), so I'll have a total of:
1 deep, no frames, two sheets of deep plasticell
7 mediums, 70 frames, 16 sheets of medium plasticell
2 bottom boards
2 telescopic tops
(and a 5,000 volt fence charger for the new bear exclusion zone)
I want to go foundationless, and my replacement 3# package of italians should be available for pickup weekend after next. I'm thinking of cutting all that plasticell into starter strips, all the frames are grooved top and bottom, and installing the package in one medium with just the starter strips in the frames.
Advice? I'm really jazzed to get started again - last year's hive barely made it through spring (my fault - wasn't feeding enough) and were going great guns when the bear destroyed it.