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Thread: Cleaning Pierco

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    Default Cleaning Pierco

    So I finally got around to cleaning up the frames from a few hives I didn't get mouse protectors on in time. The frames are fine but the comb was pretty much junk. I scraped it off to be melted down today but am wondering how to clean them up for reuse. I've heard of pressure washing out the old wax, pollen, cocoons and assorted mice mess but wonder if all that's needed is just a good blast from the garden hose.

    Any thoughts?

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    Default Re: Cleaning Pierco

    If you want to keep the wax, you can just add it to very hot water, let it melt, and drain the water. The dirty stuff will float and can be scooped off.

    EDIT: I mean scrape the wax off and put it in hot water. Don't put the entire frame in a boiling pot. I see you already scraped it off, but just for clarity of wording...
    Last edited by millerdrr; 05-11-2013 at 12:40 AM.

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    Default Re: Cleaning Pierco

    I freeze my Piercos overnight and then scrape as much of the wax off as possible with a 5 in 1 tool, then give them back to the bees. They work them like a new one and I don't have to add wax to them since they still have a bit left on them. Takes about 2-3 mins per. frame if frozen, takes about 5-10 mins. not frozen.
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    Default Re: Cleaning Pierco

    So I'm on track. Thanks fella's

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    Default Re: Cleaning Pierco

    Powerwashing cleans them up like new but you need to make some sort of holder or they'll just get blasted through the air.
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    Default Re: Cleaning Pierco

    Quote Originally Posted by cg3 View Post
    Powerwashing cleans them up like new but you need to make some sort of holder or they'll just get blasted through the air.
    Do you rewax these after powerwashing?

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    Default Re: Cleaning Pierco

    Quote Originally Posted by DonShackelford View Post
    Do you rewax these after powerwashing?
    I, personally, have not but I watched someone else do it. They then rewaxed.
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    Default Re: Cleaning Pierco

    I tried cleaning pierco frames by melting the wax in hot water. I was rewarded with warped and useless frames and a wasted day. Nest time I'll try dry ice in a cooler.

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