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« on: May 09, 2007, 10:11:21 PM »

Dear friends,

I've been camping out on this site for weeks.  I've recently moved to Pittsburgh from Florida and have finally taken the plunge and ordered a nuc.  I have my hive prepared and have found a place to put it.  (I live on a small lot in the city).

I have a few questions that I couldn't find on this site or Michael Bush's (thanks Michael).  I've bought plastic foundation with beeswax coating, but plan on doing the crush and strain method for honey and beeswax extraction.  (can't afford a two frame extractor!).  What do you do with the foundation after you scrape off the beeswax and honey?  Wash it in soapy water?  Just put it back in the hive?

Secondly, the person I'm buying the bees from has found a place for me to put them, on a friend's farm.  If someone lives in the city, how do they find a place to put their bees?

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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2007, 10:47:43 PM »

Crush and strain with plastic foundation?  Maybee you could use the guy's extractor that your buying bees from.  When plastic foundation needs to be renewed you just brush a light coat of melted wax back on the foundation.
As far as finding places to set bees, find an area you want to put them and then just go door to door or farm to farm and ask.
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2007, 10:52:08 PM »

Generally, Bruce, if you are going to do crush and strain, you'll need thin surplus foundation (pure beeswax).  Then there's no scraping involved, just crushing.

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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2007, 12:03:43 AM »

Good ideas.  Thanks guys!  I'll ask my farmer friend to use his extractor and buy a few thin wax foundations to try.
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« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2007, 06:01:11 AM »

Even when using crush and strain,you can keep all the plastic frames for the brood boxes.Then use wax foundation in the supers. cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2007, 08:42:30 PM »

I know of people who have scraped it off of the plastic.  I have not.  I would use thin surplus or no foundation.
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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2007, 08:25:06 PM »

Thank you Michael and Ken.  That makes sense to re-use the plastic in the brood boxes.  I'll experiment with thin or no foundation.  Picking up the bees tomorrow morning!
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« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2007, 09:48:21 PM »

I should clarify.  By no foundation, I mean some kind of comb guide (either starter strips, wooden starter strips or a triangular guide).
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