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  1. #1
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    Default Home made wax cell cups

    I would be interested in knowing what size cell cups you use? The ones that I have made are a little over 5/16".I got the idea from fatbeeman's video on making your own cell cups. I looked at some of the cell cups made buy the bees and they look small compared to say 3/8".Here is a pic of the cell bar and cell cups I have made so far.

    http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/...ps6b9caf93.jpg

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    Default Re: Home made wax cell cups

    Those look like they would work.

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    Default Re: Home made wax cell cups

    I made some wax cups once, and the bees wrecked them all, while in the "polishing" phase. I switched to JZBZ cups after that.

    http://youtu.be/TndhwzduIao

    Dave.

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    Default Re: Home made wax cell cups

    Dc, how do you get them off the dipsticks? I had tried dipping my own once, but didn't work because I couldn't get the cups off the sticks. By the way, they look fantastic!

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    Default Re: Home made wax cell cups

    @westernbeekeeper:

    Soak the rods in warm water for a couple of hours, and they come right off.

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    Default Re: Home made wax cell cups

    Thanks, David. I'll try that.

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    Default Re: Home made wax cell cups

    I soak the rods for a few minutes and then dip them two times to make them a little stronger after that they should pull right off. Fatbeeman recommends to only dip a 1/4 inch so you can get the larva down in.

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    Default Re: Home made wax cell cups

    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Default Re: Home made wax cell cups

    I use the end of a sharpie marker. Put it in ice cold water. Dip it, cool dip it cool till till you get it the thickness wanted. Comes right off. Wax it to the boards like DC. Then I take a small butane torch and "polish" them up. Re melt the wax attachment too. Bees loved them
    Rick

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    Default Re: Home made wax cell cups

    "Cells larger than five-sixteenths of an inch are not accepted so readily as those of this size or smaller."--Jay Smith, Queen Rearing Simplified

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesqueenre...m#DippingCells
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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