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  1. #1
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    Dec 2009
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    Pahoa, Hawaii, USA
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    Exclamation frames and old crusty wax

    i recently moved to a farm which has a working beehive. they asked me to add more boxes (not sure on all the lingo since i'm new to this), but when i looked at the old frames they were covered in old wax which has been there for quite some time, so it's very crusted and moldy looking. so when they told me just to scrape it off i did, but couldn't get the wax that was on the plastic combs. i figured wax melts, so i boiled a huge pot of water and dipped each frame in it. this worked a little, but i didn't get the desired effect (frames looking brand new). they still have a thin layer of wax on them. my question is can i even remove all the wax and what would be the best way of going about it or is this a pointless goal? will the bees build upon the old wax or do they need a clean slate?

    i've attached photos..the first is some of the wax that i scraped off
    and the second and third are shots of the frames themselves...







    thanks guys!

  2. #2
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    May 2008
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    Azle Texas USA
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    Default Re: frames and old crusty wax

    Just MHO if that is plastic I would go "O naturail."

  3. #3
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    Red Bluff, Ca
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    Default Re: frames and old crusty wax

    Use a high pressure washer or take them to a car wash with a high pressure wand or just put them in a hive. Clean the end bars so they fit tight together put in 10 frames and treat them as new frames.
    Dan

  4. #4
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    Nov 2009
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    Columbia county, New York, USA
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    Default Re: frames and old crusty wax

    Looks like a good case for buying new frames if i ever saw one. Isn't that just funky ancient plastic foundation anyway? Plus, they say chemicals and pesticides can build up in very old comb.

    just....eeew!!!
    The little bee returns with evening's gloom,
    To join her comrades in the braided hive... -Tennyson

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
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    Pahoa, Hawaii, USA
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    Default Re: frames and old crusty wax

    i agree with you omie...new frames...
    apparently they've been sitting out in the elements for a year or so...
    that's a LONG time in Hawaii...

    thanks for the advice everyone...

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