Re: Need advice on this cutout
Are the tubes in the first photos the same construction as the second. I see rivets on the first photo, but the second photo it seems the tube has thicker side walls.
But seems like they are cemented in place.
Either a plasma or cutting torch will produce a lot of heat in that confined area. Have seen both start fires so you would likely toast the bees in side. And the ones you didn't will be crazy mad. Tried to use a road flare to smoke some bees quite a few years ago. That smoke hurts when you breath it so I figured it must hit the bees hard. Ya and then they hit me hard.
Trap out seems to be a good idea. I would look at the threads on using a queen as lure to get the real queen out. Then just seal the container shut.
Started 9/13, building slowly, now @ 10 Lang hives + 14 nucs, and treatment style not decided yet