Re: First Hives - Foundation-less from Scratch
I too have done the same with good results in both TBH's and Lang hives. That said, I've also seen them make a mess. There are no guarantees. Starting with a couple frames of drawn comb is bar far the best chance at good straight combs. If you don't have any then starter strip can work fine but you need to watch them closely from the begining. If they get off a little on the first comb the second will worse and it gets worse the further they go.
All in all I've had pretty good success. Michael Bush's website addresses this in good detail.
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9 years, 100 hives in Western Wa State