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  1. #1
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    Default Use for leftover bottom bars?

    I'm just about finished with my next hive, and I have some left over bottom bars: 14 grooved and 4 split. Short of using them for kindling, the only thing I could think of was using them for some kind of slatted bottom rack. Has anyone else used bottom bars for non-frame construction? If so, what did you make?
    Don't provoke a hive full of angry bees.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Use for leftover bottom bars?

    I use the grooved bottom bars for cell bar frames for queen rearing. The slot is perfect for the jzbz cups with the pins...you just have to trim off the shoulders. When I was going to make a bunch of cell bar frames for students, I found that these bottom bars were $.18 each.

    deknow
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  3. #3
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    Default Re: Use for leftover bottom bars?

    save them for replacements when you break them.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Use for leftover bottom bars?

    They make great shims to prop up the rear of the hive for overwintering.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Use for leftover bottom bars?

    Ditto with Deknow,
    Screw some 3/4 strips with slots to take the shortened bottom bars onto a frames side bars and make queen rearing cell frames, Now what can I do with some spare top bars and side frames
    Johno

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Use for leftover bottom bars?

    Quote Originally Posted by BMAC View Post
    save them for replacements when you break them.
    That was my initial thought. I'll probably cram them into a corner of the shed.
    Don't provoke a hive full of angry bees.

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    Default Re: Use for leftover bottom bars?

    Quote Originally Posted by deknow View Post
    I use the grooved bottom bars for cell bar frames for queen rearing. The slot is perfect for the jzbz cups with the pins...you just have to trim off the shoulders. When I was going to make a bunch of cell bar frames for students, I found that these bottom bars were $.18 each.

    deknow
    Thanks for the tip! I thought about looking into queen rearing at some point in the future.
    Don't provoke a hive full of angry bees.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Use for leftover bottom bars?

    Use them when the rodents chew up the first ones.

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