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    Default Re: No more wiring frames for me

    In 50 years among the Bees CC Miller used wood sticks also. He did not drill holes in the frames. He simply cut them just short the hight between the top and bottom bars, then to secure these by dipping them for bit in bees wax then someone put some pressure on a board and press the sticks into the foundation a bit. He used 5 or 6 of these 1/16 by 1/16 "splints" on each frame. I plan to try this useing the bamboo sticks.
    Bee a blessing to God and others.

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    Default Re: No more wiring frames for me

    Kirk Webster uses sticks as well. www.kirkwebster.com
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: No more wiring frames for me

    I checked out Kirks website, it looks like some good reading.
    Thanks for sharing Michael.
    Colino
    A Bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it rains.- Robert Frost

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    Default Re: No more wiring frames for me

    Quote Originally Posted by Colino View Post
    I checked out Kirks website, it looks like some good reading.
    Thanks for sharing Michael.
    Colino
    Ditto. Is Kirk Webster the guy that inspired Michael Palmer's nuc system?

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    Default Re: No more wiring frames for me

    Quote Originally Posted by Kidbeeyoz View Post
    Ditto. Is Kirk Webster the guy that inspired Michael Palmer's nuc system?
    Yes, and was pleasantly surprised when I got a overwintered nuc from Kirk and it was a ten frame hive packed full of bees and brood! That's the hive that turned me into a beekeeper and not a bee haver ! LOL

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    Default Re: No more wiring frames for me

    Thanks for the post Matt. I will try this and see how they handle our summer temps. By the way an off topic note for you, both my Long hives are doing well in our bitter temps.
    Jack Moore ~ Sticky Bear Apiary
    Zone 7a ~ Elev: 4840ft. ~ https://www.facebook.com/StickyBearApiary

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    Default Re: No more wiring frames for me

    I havn't did a search,But I'd like to get away from using as much foundation as I can.
    My question is? I run shallow supers,My extractor has a speed control, If I was to go without foundation & cross wired,Would I sling it all to pieces?
    I've always used full sheets in my supers, of the wired type.

  8. #28
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    Default Re: No more wiring frames for me

    Start the extractor slowly and gradually speed it up as the weight of the honey decreases. It works for me, but I still occasionally get an exploding comb.
    Lawrence Heafner
    15 hives; 15 years; TF for 10; Zone 7B

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