...Should I start cutting strips off the bottom and put them in the frames and simply work my way up cutting off one frames worth of comb at a time...
Schawee had JP make a guest appearance at our LBC meeting this past Tuesday. Your description above is exactly how he suggested handling large comb. He explained that you can use smoke to move them up the comb and out of the way as you work your way up.
Good luck...let us know how it turns out.