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  1. #1
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    Default Foundation - what kind do you use

    Greetings everyone,
    I just thought I'd see what type of foundation everybody uses, and why. Whether it is plastic (or an individual type ov plastic), DuraGilt, crimp-wire, or other. Please post here and say why you use that type. Let's try to keep it friendly . I'm just trying to gather some pros and cons of the different types. Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: Foundation - what kind do you use

    Pierco plastic, white and black (although only about 10% is black) in wood frames. Because plastic is fast (no wiring), but I still like building wood frames so I take my time where I want it.

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    Default Re: Foundation - what kind do you use

    I use a mixture of these:
    Mann Lake PF120s (plastic 4.96mm cell size one piece frame and foundation)
    Foundationless (frame with wood comb guide of some kind or another. Most are beveled top bars)
    PermaComb (fully drawn plastic 5.0mm cell size, heated and wax dipped and shaken off)
    Honey Super Cell (fully drawn plastic 4.9mm cell size, cut down to mediums)
    Small Cell (4.9mm) wax from various suppliers (Brushy Mt, Dadant etc.)

    Cell size is important to me.
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    Default Re: Foundation - what kind do you use

    I have a mixture of these:

    Black RiteCell
    White or yellow Plasticell
    Foundationless
    Duragilt

    I prefer foundationless, but next choice is RiteCell.

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    Default Re: Foundation - what kind do you use

    Apart from Supercell which I use to regress with.....I don't like plastic in my hives so I use wooden frames with either crimped wire SC wax or foundationless. This year there is one exception to that, I am testing some plastic cross frame supports to see how they work with foundationless.

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    Default Re: Foundation - what kind do you use

    Quote Originally Posted by NasalSponge View Post
    Apart from Supercell which I use to regress with.....I don't like plastic in my hives so I use wooden frames with either crimped wire SC wax or foundationless. This year there is one exception to that, I am testing some plastic cross frame supports to see how they work with foundationless.

    http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com...uctinfo/556SR/
    I did that on 5 frames of foundationless and they work beautifully for me.

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    Default Re: Foundation - what kind do you use

    Hundreds of sheets of wax large cell from the early 50's that was given to me by another beekeeper. I'm going to do a test in a few hives with some un-embossed foundation I make from my own wax this spring. Saw a thread on here or somewhere else how to do it and I just have to give it a try.
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    Default Re: Foundation - what kind do you use

    Quote Originally Posted by rwurster View Post
    Saw a thread on here or somewhere else how to do it and I just have to give it a try.
    Can you post a link when you find it? Thx.

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