Trying to decide how to set up our operation. It looks like we'll have to go with wax foundation because
  • we want small cell (We've already ordered the 4.9 bees)
  • we don't want to use plastic frames
  • we're too chicken to start off foundationless

We saw these foundation rods advertised at Mann Lake and wondered if they would be a reasonable alternative to wiring? It's not clear to me how they work; are they like the support pins only longer? Are the support pins enough to hold the foundation in? Someone told me they just use bobby pins; has anyone else had success with that?
Thanks in advance - any input would be appreciated.