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Offline wharfrat

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Crush and strain question.
« on: May 27, 2010, 07:33:42 AM »
Just a quick question.

With wax foundation, when I cut it from the frames to harvest, Can I just leave about an inch at the top of the frames as a starter strip in an effort to go foundationless??


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Re: Crush and strain question.
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2010, 07:50:26 AM »
yep that will work when i do cut comb honey i leave a row of about 3 cells on the top to give them a guide they do the rest
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Re: Crush and strain question.
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2010, 09:15:59 AM »
I use a thin strip of cardboard covered in wax and placed in a slotted top bar of my comb honey supers. When the frames are new, I mark these with a "CH" in permanent marker on the top bar.

If you are cutting comb from the frame, don't crush and strain, unless the wax is old. People love honey in the comb.

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Re: Crush and strain question.
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2010, 10:49:45 AM »
you can charge a lot for comb honey.  it's pretty amazing.  last time i went to the farmers market, and that was over a year ago, 14 oz was going for 12 dollars.  i couldn't believe it!

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