I am newer to beekeeping,
I have bought a bunch of used hives and have some 3 pounds bee packages on the way.
I have been advised to not use the drawn out comb, in my used hives, do to the fact that it has sat for at least 2 years, most of it is quite brittle, and I don’t know the standards of the previous beekeeper which owned the equipment (use of chemicals) not to mention the worry of AFB spores W/I the old comb.
So, I am planning to use all fresh foundation for my bee packages.
That means I will be scrapping (melting down) about 250 deep frames and 210 med frames of comb. Most of this comb was built out on those plastic foundations.
Question: Are plastic foundations designed to only be built out only once? Are all these foundations now junk/scrap/waste? Or can they be recoated or otherwise reused?