Re: super-propolized frames -- how can I avoid destroying the hive bodies!?
You and the bees are not going to like this...turn the box upside down with a 1x on each side of the box. Lay a piece of 2x4 directly over the end bars and smack it with a hammer. Once you get the frames to move, turn it back over and pry the individual frames apart as usual. No, I have never done this, but it is what I would do in that situation.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.