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    Smile Dadant Cut Comb Foundation in the Heat and Pollen Subs

    Hi all,

    I got a super and some Cut comb foundation from Dadant a while ago. I finally put the super on and after a day in the heat the foundation was folded down towards the brood. Is there a step I am missing in keeping this foundation held in place in the frames?

    Also, anyone have any thoughts or favorites when it comes to MegaBee or any other feeds?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Dadant Cut Comb Foundation in the Heat and Pollen Subs

    What kind of top bars, and how did you attach the foundation?

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    Default Re: Dadant Cut Comb Foundation in the Heat and Pollen Subs

    Hi Thanks for the reply. I got these Wedge Top Bar Frames.

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    Default Re: Dadant Cut Comb Foundation in the Heat and Pollen Subs

    You probally didn't have the wedge tight enough to the foundation. After installing the wedge pour a small stream of melted beeswax where the foundation and the wedge meet. That will help glue it in place. I found it easier to just use a starter strip(1" Wide) instead of the whole sheet. Hive must be level side to side but not front to back. Even with glueing the foundation in and being level the weight of the bees will warp the foundation occasionally.

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    Default Re: Dadant Cut Comb Foundation in the Heat and Pollen Subs

    Quote Originally Posted by Beeslave View Post
    You probally didn't have the wedge tight enough to the foundation. After installing the wedge pour a small stream of melted beeswax where the foundation and the wedge meet. That will help glue it in place. I found it easier to just use a starter strip(1" Wide) instead of the whole sheet. Hive must be level side to side but not front to back. Even with glueing the foundation in and being level the weight of the bees will warp the foundation occasionally.
    right on, thanks! I'll give it a shot. What are you saying "starter strip"? I don't understand that.

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    Default Re: Dadant Cut Comb Foundation in the Heat and Pollen Subs

    I had the same problem. I then bought a tool from Dadant called a wax tube fastener. You use melted wax which is drawn up in the tube. By holding your finger over an air hole it retains the wax in the tube. You then drizzle the wax along where the foundation goes in the wedge of the frame. It worked very well for me. I combine tasks by assembling my cut comb frames at the same time I make a few beeswax candles. It costs less than $10

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    Default Re: Dadant Cut Comb Foundation in the Heat and Pollen Subs

    Quote Originally Posted by norcalpublicnews View Post
    What are you saying "starter strip"? I don't understand that.
    Instead of using the whole sheet of foundation just use a "strip" of foundation 1" wide and attach it to the top bar with wedge. Or do a search here on "foundationless".

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    Default Re: Dadant Cut Comb Foundation in the Heat and Pollen Subs

    I have read about the foundationless approach and think I will do that when I do put the super on.

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    Default Re: Dadant Cut Comb Foundation in the Heat and Pollen Subs

    Also, anyone have any thoughts or favorites when it comes to MegaBee or any other feeds?
    My bees love the MegaBee.
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