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  1. #1
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    I have been told cleaning used woodware in lye water works great in getting them clean and reducing the chance of AFB. What is the process one should follow in this procedure?

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    If you HAVE AFB boiling in lye water is an acceptable cleaning method in most states if you don't want to burn them.

    Scorching with a propane torch is a good cleaning method.

    BubbaBob

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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Search on lye and see what you find. I bet you'll find many discussions on it. Also try "scorching" and "AFB".

    Here are a few:

    http://www.beesource.com/cgi-bin/ubb...=002868#000008
    http://www.beesource.com/cgi-bin/ubb...=002785#000000
    http://www.beesource.com/cgi-bin/ubb...=000394#000001

    I've never done it. I just use them. But the lye bath is probably the prudent thing to do.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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