Re: buying chemical free foundation
For my small cell TF hives I use treatment free wax for the foundation and consider this very important. In fact I think TF guys in the US using treated wax for their foundation may be losing more hives than they have to. Luckily I have a friend with his own 4.9 foundation mill.
If I was in the US and did not have access to untreated foundation, I would buy plastic uncoated, and coat it myself with my own wax.
M Bush has now led a move to foundationless. OK, you'll get untreated wax comb. But it won't all be 4.9, which is critical according to Dee Lusby. I'm hearing reports of people getting an average of around 5.2, for worker comb, I'm waiting, to see how this goes for people.
If you do not subscribe to small cell, then yes, foundationless is the way to go. Just, it's thinner than man made foundation so not as robust at extracting time so be careful.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).