Re: Just bought an old langstroth your opinion appreciated
I think you buy is fine. I don't encourage you to have different frames. It is an annoyance at best a intolerable if you make this a business. Don't ask me how I know that. I am just a hobbiest but I like to enjoy my hobbies not get frustrated by them. I started with different size supers but knowing all along I will settle on one or the other. I will not keep them mixed.
Now for the good news.
It think you will find in short order that the boxes are the cheap part of beekeeping. disposing and replacing of them is relatively painless. Frames woudl be next on my list. the wood is cheap. the extras and the labor begins to make them more valuable. by the time you take a 1 dollar os so collection of wood scraps. assemble them. add foundation. rivets. wire and eventually manage to coax a bee into building comb on it. you have a itty bitty frame of wax that cost you roundish 3 bucks and a lot of torment. In a ten frame lang you now have a ten dollar box holding 30 dollars worth of frames. This the first reason you ever have to give a squat about what shape the box is in. Now you are going to dump in 100 buck or more in bees.
And they are gong to commence to make a holy terror of all your precious frames. rest at easy cause everyone will tell you they know better than you. They don't seem to understand that this is high quality custom designer printed sheets of foundation you have provided for them. so they rip it out punch holes in it chew it to kingdom come toss it to the hive floor. make their own suitable wax and begin drawing comb. You now have invaluable honey comb in replacement for your 2 dollar a sheet foundation. Protect it like your life depends on it. if not that your sanity. cause it does it does it does. There is never enough of this honey comb stuff when you need it. value of hive can agruably be considered priceless at this point. but in reality why didn't really add much of anything. depends on how you look and feel about it.
The bees will now begin to fill that comb with the really good stuff. this is where the bacon meets the pan. the tire meets the road. the poop.... well you get the idea.
The bees will fill the comb with either brood, honey or disease. okay so the disease part is not so great. But I have heard you can sell brood for $20 a frame. for a ten frame hive packed wall to wall (which doesn't happen) with brood a single deep brood nest is worth $200. But better than that they will also fill that comb with honey. It is pretty fair to say honey is worth $6 a lb. and every deep frame packed full can hold 7 lbs. That is $42 per frame. No kidding and I am not exaggerating. This can make every 10 frame deep worth $420 just in honey alone. in all you have a single 10 frame deep super packed wall to wall (which they do do) with honey worth $450 in frames comb, honey and that does not count the bees. we have to knock of a few buck for the varroa mites and you now turned a $10 box into a $400 and some dollar treasure chest.
Sounds pretty good doesn't it? Yeah we pack em in here like sardines with that sort of BS. He He if they only knew the trap that awaits them.
Welcome and best of luck. Hope you enjoy yourself.
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