Re: Planning for next year. Foundationless or not
I use some foundationless - have a couple of supers that started as cutouts and I rubberbanded comb into all the frames - there is no foundation in the whole box. When they make a mess I trim and rubberband the comb into frames neatly, then let them mount and finish the tidy up. It's working ok for me. I may get 2 frames stuck together in a whole box, and I may tear it apart to discover I've damaged a couple of brood cells, but overall it is working.
When I have my "druthers" I have 2 foundationless and 8 plasticell frames to a box, and that works really well, they draw beautiful comb. But as I said, sometimes I have to work with what they already have and just band it in. On my deep foundationless frames I use 20lb test fishing line stretched in an x and horizontally hole to hole. When I'm banding in comb, I put it between the 2 fishing lines then pop a rubberband over the frame vertically.
Time to be a gypsy again, 2014 will be my prep year, my bees want a better area with actual rainfall.