Re: Foundationless source?
I guess never having seen or used the F style frame, I don't understand the hoopla. I switched to foundationless myself this year but simply use a ML grooved top/grooved bottom unassembled frames, with holes, that I buy for around .88 each. After assembly I glue in a starter strip that I rip from a piece of 1x8 yellow pine cut 16-15/16" long and ripped approx 1/8" thick. I get 24 strips from each piece, so about 120 from an 8' board. After gluing, I paint each strip with a liberal coating of melted beeswax. I also string the frames with 20# test monofilament fishing line. I have already installed nearly 200 of these frames and am very happy with how the bees take to them. Finished cost for each frame is still under $1, or about 1/3 the cost of using foundation. During the winter, I can put together 20-30 in the evening after dinner, so getting a few hundred together does not take all that long.
Last edited by JWPalmer; 08-25-2019 at 07:57 PM.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.