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Author Topic: how do you store your frames?  (Read 905 times)
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« on: November 26, 2014, 06:45:34 PM »

When I first became a beekeeper I naively left my foundation frames in a plastic box in the shed and was dismayed to discover that the moth had got in.  I spoke to an experienced bee keeper and he uses a chemical to keep out the moth (cant spell it but think its foxtroxin).  Im organic so this just wouldnt do.  At the same time I had acquired a 2nd fridge freezer to keep non edibles in and I learnt to freeze the frames/stickies.  I then wrap them in plastic and put in a plastic box with lid and cover with sheets and keep in the house.  This has worked for 18 months.  I do worry that I might attract bugs (ants cockroaches) into the house but havent so far.  They also have to go under the grandies bunk beds (we have a tiny house) which makes me nervous due to bug worries lol.  This works OK but I imagined would be more difficult with more hives.  I only have one hive currently.  How do you manage storing frmase/wax organically and keep the wax moth out?  Oh we are in Perth Australia and have perfect temperature for moths.
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« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2014, 06:42:44 AM »

Freeze the boxes and seal in bags. Or Store them somewhere where they get a lot of light. Waxmoths are not fond of bright areas.
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2014, 11:34:44 PM »

I have been putting mine in 55 gal trash bags and sealing the bags.  It works fine unless a rat eats holes in the bag.  My UPS driver told me he could get me some 55 gal food grade drums with removeable  tops.  I think I may take the frames only and put them in the drums this year. 

Good luck to you and your bees.




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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2014, 07:10:27 AM »

Interesting. I am foundationless. I just take the wax melt it down and sell it.
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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2014, 09:12:22 AM »

interesting to read your replies- thanks : )
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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2014, 11:57:54 PM »

Eric, do you make them draw new combs for honey supers each year? Have you always done it this way? I've been doing the same as you pretty much but I'd like to try storing combs.

I read about Amish folk hanging them up in the ceiling of a barn where they'll get lots of light and air. I was thinking of trying something like this. Maybe hang up a 1x2 or 1x3 metre piece of chicken wire and put them on that? Wonder if that would work.
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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2014, 07:02:04 AM »

Eric, do you make them draw new combs for honey supers each year? Have you always done it this way? I've been doing the same as you pretty much but I'd like to try storing combs.

I read about Amish folk hanging them up in the ceiling of a barn where they'll get lots of light and air. I was thinking of trying something like this. Maybe hang up a 1x2 or 1x3 metre piece of chicken wire and put them on that? Wonder if that would work.
I crush and strain honey or sell comb honey so there is nothing left to put back in the hive except the wood.
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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2014, 10:41:23 AM »

I try to keep mine on the hive until it's freezing and where it's freezing until they need to go on the hives...
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