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  1. #1
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    Default Buying frame wire

    I need frame wire but I hate paying more for shipping than the product itself. Anyone have a good place to order from or is there a type of gauge of wire I can use that can be bought at the hardware store? Wal-mart has a 28 gauge craft wire but I worry about using the wrong kind and having lead or something leach into my wax, honey and bees.
    thanks
    Devlin
    Devlin Wilde
    Zone 7a 2600 ft in WNC

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Buying frame wire

    Does it have to be wire? I hear that a of people use 40 pound fish line.

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    Default Re: Buying frame wire

    There is another thread talking about how none of them will try fishing line again. It sounds like the bees chew through the line more often than not.
    Devlin Wilde
    Zone 7a 2600 ft in WNC

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    Default Re: Buying frame wire

    I might be concerned about WallyWorld wire as it probably comes from a country that puts lead into everything. If you head up to BassPro get the stainless steel trolling wire. That's where I get mine. Less expensive than any you'll find in a beekeeping supply.
    Ed

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    Default Re: Buying frame wire

    Stainless steel shouldn't have anything that would leach into your comb. Trolling wire! Never would have thought of that!

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    Default Re: Buying frame wire

    Quote Originally Posted by GaryG74 View Post
    Stainless steel shouldn't have anything that would leach into your comb. Trolling wire! Never would have thought of that!
    thanks I'll try that. > I would have never thought of it ether.
    Devlin Wilde
    Zone 7a 2600 ft in WNC

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    Default Re: Buying frame wire

    Check the price of stainless fishing wire before you get too enthused with the idea. The price comparative to tinned steel wire may shock you. One deep frame with four wires takes approx 81" of wire.

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    Default Re: Buying frame wire

    I don't wire anymore. Last time I did, I bought stainless wire (much better than the "tinned" wire) from Glorybee.

    http://beekeeping.glorybee.com/shop/...-Tools/?page=2
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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