:update: (WITH PHOTOS!)
Here's an update:
Okay everyone, I have all the supers totally taken care of. Scraped, stripped, sterilized, and painted. Whew! Plenty of work; but in all, including labor, it cost me about $250 to get the boxes into good shape and ready for bees (minus frames). But WOW, is it good to have them all done and taken care of, and put inside, especially since we are forecasted for a couple inches of rain tomorrow. I have 91 deeps, 38 mediums, 3 shallows, and 1 jumbo in all. A few have frames, but the *big* majority do not. I did get (along with all of this old equipment) a dozen or so telescoping covers and a handful of bottom boards.
Here are some photos:
Here is the pile of frames:
A good frame with comb (not a lot of these):
A bad frame (not a lot of these either):
An average frame (most are like this):
Here are the covers and bottom boards:
And the stack(s) of supers:
A sterilized super:
I may yet sort through the frames and save the good ones; I don't know yet. But thanks for your help and thoughts, everyone! It is appreciated more than you know.
You did a nice job they look great !
I agree!!! That's a pretty stack of boxes!! I even like the look of the inside.
Dang good job!
Thanks everyone, I was pleased with the outcome too!:applause:
I have salvaged about 470 deep frames. I am scraping them clean and then soaking them in 30% bleach solution for 3 minutes, then setting them out to dry. I am stunned by the outcome. They turned out very well. I feel a lot better about using them now. Here are some pics:
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those frames look great ben, the bleach appears to have penetrated the wood very well.
trick photography? :)
Ben, that was a lot of work. Good job. It is when I think about all the non-bee contact work of running a large commercial apiary that suddenly my job doesn't seem so bad. I'm happy at sideliner status.
isn't too bad if it's done in moderation. ;) :)
i believe you approached the whole thing in a very reasonable way ben.
not finding any scale in the old comb was huge.
the bleaching and scorching were done well.
now, it's just a matter of careful inspections as you populate those hives.
Thanks for sharing this experience with us. Looks like you did well!
I was able to track all this old equipment back to the original owner. I called him and asked him about the history of this equipment: disease, etc. He said, "Why yes, there was AFB in 3 out of those 90 hives. I treated them and it went away; I'd reuse it all if I were you." But I don't want a big risk, so I will just use the boxes, covers, and bottom boards, but I will pitch/burn the frames. Oh well, better safe than sorry.