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    Have used small cell wax from Dadant and it worked quite well. This year we purchased a hundred sheets from Pegjam on this forum, thought it would be interesting to try a fellow members product.
    The wax is wonderful to work with, nice heavy easy to handle sheets, you do not have to worry about it breaking under normal handling, the sheets were for deeps and since we use medium frames each sheet each sheet was cut to make wax for two frames. We wired our medium frames and the ease of "burning" the wires into the wax without severing the wax into pieces is quite noticeable.
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    Default Re: Small cell wax

    We now manufacture small cell foundation for deep & medium frames.
    This foundation measures 4.9mm across 10 cells.
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    Default Re: Small cell wax

    Plastic ?
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    Default Re: Small cell wax

    Our small cell is wax. If people are wanting to use small cell to get back to a more natural way of beekeeping, and a more natural cell size. I cant understand why someone would want plastic. Am I missing something?

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    Default Re: Small cell wax

    Quote Originally Posted by honeyman46408 View Post
    Plastic ?
    What are you referring to?
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    Default Re: Small cell wax

    I am refering to plastic small cell size foundation at one time Dadant had it
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    Default Re: Small cell wax

    This foundation measures 4.9mm across 10 cells.

    Wow, that is small cell. Are you sure it isn't 4.9cm across 10 cells, or 4.9mm across one cell?

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    Default Re: Small cell wax

    If you want small cell plastic, Mann Lake PF100 and PF120s are 4.95mm. They are much better accepted than the plastic 4.9mm that Dadant used to have.
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    Default Re: Small cell wax

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    Sorry, 49mm across 10 cells. Each cell 4.9mm

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    Just a note on Dadant's small cell plastic. I could NOT get it to take with any reasonable efficiency. I still have a few sheets laying around here somewhere.

    I have used Dadant's small cell wax for 8 years. I'm thinking of trying something else, it can be thin, sometimes brittle, but workable.
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    Default Re: Small cell wax

    Quote Originally Posted by power napper View Post
    Have used small cell wax from Dadant and it worked quite well. This year we purchased a hundred sheets from Pegjam on this forum, thought it would be interesting to try a fellow members product.
    What did Pegjam charge for his SC foundation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WiredForStereo View Post
    Just a note on Dadant's small cell plastic. I could NOT get it to take with any reasonable efficiency. I'm thinking of trying something else, it can be thin, sometimes brittle, but workable.
    Despite the scientific research from U of Georgia that concludes small cell does not cut down on the varroa load, I'm thinking of starting some small cell hives. There are people looking for small cell nucs and it seems to work for some people.

    I still have many questions getting the bees regressed to 4.9 mm cells. There's a lot in the archives.

    I would like to hear what you did to introduce the small cell foundation. I'm thinking of taking feral swarms into small cell foundation hives. I'm not very interested in having the 5.1mm "step down" phase.

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