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  1. #1
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    Nov 2011
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    Prince Edward Island, Canada
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    Default wax foundation for honey extraction

    Im thinking of buying a foundation machine to make my own foundation from my own wax. The only concern is will the wax foundation stand up to an extractor when extracting honey or do you just use it for brood box?

  2. #2
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    May 2009
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    Flora,IL
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    Default Re: wax foundation for honey extraction

    Personaly I hate it for the extractor. if its drawn straight and complete fills the frame it will be fine in a radial. anything less or a flat type extractor you will need wires.

  3. #3
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    Jun 2009
    Location
    Winnipeg Manitoba
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    Default Re: wax foundation for honey extraction

    I used wireless frames last year and am still cleaning the mess in my radial extractor. My old basket style hand spinner was better for this type of foundation. the electric extractor is unforgiving.

  4. #4
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    Aug 2002
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Default Re: wax foundation for honey extraction

    >will the wax foundation stand up to an extractor when extracting honey or do you just use it for brood box?

    Of course it will stand up to an extractor. No foundation will too. You just have to be gentle at first and work your speed up as the comb empties. Plastic is a fairly recent invention compared to extractors...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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