Re: Cleaning old hives and frames
I have done some cutting/scraping out of old brood comb to reuse frames- what an icky job! New frames bought in bulk will only cost maybe $1 each- well worth it to start with nice fresh frames. Maybe keep a few of the best old frames w/comb to use in a swarm lure or for emergency. Must be all kinds of yucky residues in the old comb though, I wouldn't even want to melt it and burn it in candles- then I'd have to breath whatever fumes are still in the wax from chemicals.
You'd be amazed at how nice the old boxes will be after a little scraping and painting though!
The little bee returns with evening's gloom,
To join her comrades in the braided hive... -Tennyson