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  1. #1
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    Default need to clean some frames

    Hello all,
    I pulled out two old supers out of my garage that wax moths had gotten into. I'd like to clean them up for re-use. Is there a tool (or good idea)I can use to clean the old wax and debris out of the groves that the foundation goes into?
    Thanks
    Steve

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    Default Re: need to clean some frames

    This may not be the ideal solution for only two boxes, but you might be interested in this recent thread on your topic.
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...823#post869823
    If you don't want to read the whole thread, of particular interest are posts #1(scenario) and #4 (proposed solution), and the very last post, #47 (feedback on the proposed solution).
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: need to clean some frames

    all suppliers have frame cleaning tools,, and after cleaning,, I dunk all woodwork in a 55 gallon drum with a chlorine solution for 24 hrs,, then let it air out,,

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    Default Re: need to clean some frames

    Hoof pick?
    Bill

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    Default Re: need to clean some frames

    FatBeeMan instructional video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1dD7DPq4PU&feature=plcp

    Garrett

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    Default Re: need to clean some frames

    Anybody ever try a hot air gun?
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: need to clean some frames

    Here is a thread from today with a member's home - modified tool to do this job.
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...and-cultivator
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: need to clean some frames

    Great method here:
    http://www.peekskillnurseries.com
    Specialists in Ground Cover plants since 1937. Talk to me about ground-covers!

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    Default Re: need to clean some frames

    NOTE: The man in the video in post #8 is using a hot lye solution to clean the wax and propolis off of the frames and foundation. I highly recomend AGAINST that process because it is very dangerous.

    Steve

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    Default Re: need to clean some frames

    Yeah---I saw that.... Not sure about that part but I would think very hot water alone would help alot
    http://www.peekskillnurseries.com
    Specialists in Ground Cover plants since 1937. Talk to me about ground-covers!

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    Default Re: need to clean some frames

    Quote Originally Posted by Bear Creek Steve View Post
    NOTE: The man in the video in post #8 is using a hot lye solution to clean the wax and propolis off of the frames and foundation.
    Is it just wax and propolis and if so why does it need to be cleaned like that?
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: need to clean some frames

    The cocoons on the brood frame mixed with propolis can be a huge pain to scrape off
    http://www.peekskillnurseries.com
    Specialists in Ground Cover plants since 1937. Talk to me about ground-covers!

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    Default Re: need to clean some frames

    Quote Originally Posted by frysl View Post
    Hello all,
    I pulled out two old supers out of my garage that wax moths had gotten into. I'd like to clean them up for re-use. Is there a tool (or good idea)I can use to clean the old wax and debris out of the groves that the foundation goes into?
    Thanks
    Steve
    Depending on the damage to the wood, and the degree of infestation, it may be more satisfying to toss the frames out...
    BeeCurious
    5 hives and 8 nucs................... Trying to think inside the box...

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    Default Re: need to clean some frames

    Power wash plastic. Place on the ground step on one side and blast away. Then move your foot and finish the side. Flip and repeat.

    Note: Do not power wash on the redwood deck. BTDT. Concrete would be best. You also will get wet. Also not recommended in sub 0 temps. Unless you like snow.

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    Default Re: need to clean some frames

    Quote Originally Posted by EastSideBuzz View Post
    Power wash plastic. Place on the ground step on one side and blast away. Then move your foot and finish the side. Flip and repeat.

    Note: Do not power wash on the redwood deck. BTDT. Concrete would be best. You also will get wet. Also not recommended in sub 0 temps. Unless you like snow.
    Aren't snow making things basically a pressure washer and attached to a fan?
    If you think anything organic is good for you, go drink some organic solvents.
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