Re: Cross wires with foundationless frames?
Cross wires work fine in the extractor, but if the comb doesn't make it to the frame, it can blow out/ fold over etc., some times.
I have heard that by "scratching" the edges of the combs, the bees can be induced to build all the way to the frame, but I only heard this recently, haven't been doing it long enough to say it really works for me or not.
Some times the bees exclude the wires ... I do not know why.
If you are planning on harvesting comb honey, ether plan for it when you wire ( wire vertically), or do not wire those frames. Good luck! CE
Started summer of 2013, just another new guy, tinkering with bees.