I'm a Lang Beekeeper, but after reading all this stuff about TBHs for the last month, I've just been itching to try one. However my partner is not so sure about it. So I have a few questions for you guys to try and get some more info.
First, everyone talks about beveling the bottoms of the frames, "to give the bees a better start at making comb". But do you mean to bevel it down like \/ so the bottom of the top bar points down, or to bevel it concave like /\ so the center of the bar is also the high point? And why do I need to bevel it if I put a thin strip of wood vertically out of the top bar?
Secondly, the extraction process is really what is killing my partner. If I am correct, each fall we must cut off the honey comb, and then crush and strain it? That seems like a lot of work, and extra equiptment. Is there an easy way to make a press for the honeycomb, that will not end up gooping my garage with honey? Can you cut the comb out and put it in a tangential extractor? The other option I've heard is to cut the comb and sell it as comb honey, but I haven't even found a market for my Ross Round comb honey yet. Any suggestions?