>i plan to get my packages from 2 people. 1 person already raises them on small cell and he recommends 8 frame mediums on Kelly small cell.
Not a bad choice.
>the other guy i am getting packages from raises them on Pierco.i have read that bees raised on the pierco will accept small cell pretty good....true?http://www.bushfarms.com/beesnaturalcell.htm#foundationtoday
Pierco foundation 5.2 mm
Pierco deep frames 5.25 mm
Pierco medium frames 5.35 mm
Pierco deep foundation on wood frames would be almost a first regression. They get bigger from there...http://www.bushfarms.com/beesnaturalcell.htm#whatisregression
>is Mann lake small cell wax foundation any good?
As far as I can tell all the wax small cell comes from Dadant. (I question if Kelley's does, but I don't know). My guess is Mann Lake's comes form Dadant as well. What do you mean by "any good"?
The Mann Lake PF100 series (PF100s for deeps and PF120s for mediums) are 4.9mm plastic frames with foundation and have worked the best for regressing.
>what are the pros/cons of using wood frames-w-wax vs.wax coated plastic like mann lake's pf120?
The plastic will be drawn more reliably the wax will get reworked, probably to something larger than 4.9mm. How do you feel about plastic?http://www.bushfarms.com/beesphilosophy.htm
>do the bees draw out drone cells on small cell foundation? or do you have to use a different size for them to draw out drone cells?
Bees always find a place to draw drones. But if you want to make it easier, just give them an empty frame between two drawn brood combs and they will usually fill the first one with drone comb.