A older thread, but still a question I always had, and even though I lost my only hive, is what do you do if you had 100 hives and you are putting on supers? I can't imagine fiddling with 100 hives moving frames up and around. Even if you have several hives, that can become quite tedious. One hive is fun, but that can get old, especially if you had several hives start doing things odd. Would this mean foundationless does not work well for larger operations? Or is this when you must extract and keep the old combs for putting on for the honey flow?
Why would you not save the old comb anyhow?
If you WANT honey, then you do not want your bees drawing any more comb than they must.
ONCE those supers are drawn, you want to keep them in as nice of a shape as you possibly can to re use them every year.
After that first year of getting them drawn... the next year all you do is drive up, pop the tops and drop two supers on each hive, put the top on and go to the next hive.
If you have some frames that are undrawn, drop them into multiple supers and spread them out. they will get drawn out faster and each hive will have to work a little less than if you put them all onto one hive.. There is also a better chance that the bees wont start doing things a little odd if they only get a couple supers in each hive to draw out.