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  1. #1
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    Default Best place to store honey and comb frames until spring splits.

    As the title says, I have 20 frames of honey and comb that needs to be stored until spring splits, freezer or something else? Thanks all.

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    Default Re: Best place to store honey and comb frames until spring splits.

    Where are they now? Keep them in a cool dry place where rodents can't get to the. Freezing isn't necassary.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: Best place to store honey and comb frames until spring splits.

    Still in hive that I've moved to my shop. It's not rodent-proof but I could close off hive to make so. Shop is kept at 40 F currently.
    Jack Moore ~ Sticky Bear Apiary
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    Default Re: Best place to store honey and comb frames until spring splits.

    If you don't have any rodents around it should be okay.

    I was in Colorado Springs last week. Where is Redlands?
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: Best place to store honey and comb frames until spring splits.

    Across the Colorado river from Grand Junction in western Colorado.
    Jack Moore ~ Sticky Bear Apiary
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    Default Re: Best place to store honey and comb frames until spring splits.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sticky Bear View Post
    Still in hive that I've moved to my shop. It's not rodent-proof but I could close off hive to make so. Shop is kept at 40 F currently.
    I believe someone said that they ended up with a basement full of moths because they didn't freeze the frames for a couple of days before storing them inside. The moths may not be a problem this time of year, but maybe it's something to consider.

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...=moth+basement
    Greg Whitehead, Ten Mile, TN
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    Default Re: Best place to store honey and comb frames until spring splits.

    Stickey,

    I just put mine in an unheated shed 'till I need them in the spring. I suppose you could put them in an empty deep with an OC on the top and bottom and throw a tarp over them if you feel better about it. That would be good until the bears wake up.

    Steve

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    Default Re: Best place to store honey and comb frames until spring splits.

    I'd freeze them for a couple of days to kill the hive beetles or they will ruin the honey.
    Last edited by heaflaw; 02-22-2013 at 10:16 PM.

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    Default Re: Best place to store honey and comb frames until spring splits.

    No sign of hive beetles, I put most of the frames in freezer for splits and kept 4 full frames out to harvest 1 side only, they will get frozen as well then used for spring splits. Trying to find a broken freezer to use for long term storage.
    Last edited by Sticky Bear; 02-26-2013 at 08:09 AM.
    Jack Moore ~ Sticky Bear Apiary
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    Default Re: Best place to store honey and comb frames until spring splits.

    These are 10 of the 20 frames harvested from frozen hive.
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