Reusing old wired wax foundation
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    Question Reusing old wired wax foundation

    Any issues with fragility using honey super frames with old wired wax foundation? It should be from ~1996.

    I know the previous owner/hive's history. Just wondering if the foundation will be strong enough to use as a honey super and in an extractor.
    2013, 7 hives, T

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    Default Re: Reusing old wired wax foundation

    It's bound to be somewhat brittle. I'd use new foundation myself.

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    Default Re: Reusing old wired wax foundation

    It's also probably cleaner than the present foundation. Not so many mite treatments in use...
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    Default Re: Reusing old wired wax foundation

    Be gentle installing it in frames on warm days and it is a good thing to have. I have over 25 pounds of foundation I purchase probably in 1983 I am using up quite successfully.

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    Thumbs Up Re: Reusing old wired wax foundation

    Surprisingly, I just checked the foundation which was surprisingly supple. (That said, TX, I have shallows from another source with brittle foundation - those sheets are going in the trash!) These hives were treatment-free, so even if it's like today's foundation, there's no additional contamination. Hopefully I can afford to cycle out foundation after a few years. I'll use the frames with old foundation for now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vance G View Post
    I have over 25 pounds of foundation I purchase probably in 1983 I am using up quite successfully.
    Nice stash of clean foundation, Vance. Color me jealous! Hopefully I'll get there eventually.
    2013, 7 hives, T

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