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  1. #1
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    Default Wired

    Do frames have to be wired to use in an extractor or no?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtoney View Post
    Do frames have to be wired to use in an extractor or no?
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    Nothing in beekeeping is absolute. I don't wire any of my frames and have extracted both deeps and mediums with a hand powered extrator. They extract better tangentially because of they lay up against the basket and are less likely to blow out. Radially (spokes on a tire) they are more prone to blow out. That having been said, I am willing to bet that you can find beekeepers who have wired their frames perfectly and had some blow out both tangentially or radially. "Blank" happens and I have been too lazy and cheap to buy the wire and install. Of course I'm also the same guy who doesn't use foundation so what do I know.

    Rod

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    Default Re: Wired

    I have about 100 deep frames that have no wire and I use a radial extractor. I run the extractor at 3 speeds slow to fast for about 5 mins each. I very rarely have an issue.
    Beekeeper? Shoot, my bees keep me!
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    Default Re: Wired

    If your comb looks to be in good shape, I would expect it to hold up fine. I had a horizontally wired frame blow out because the bees made a kind of crease on the wire which I think weakened it at that point. Start slow, make sure the comb is warmed up enough and you shouldn't have any issues.

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    Default Re: Wired

    expect to have more issues if you use tangential extractor, especially if the "basket" isnt mesh wire but just a few rods.

    Radial i would expect few issues.

    Crush and strain I would want no wire.

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    Default Re: Wired

    Radial will have less blowouts than tangential extracting.

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