Equipment cleanup
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  1. #1
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    May 2014
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    Fort Davis Texas USA
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    Default Equipment cleanup

    I have several boxes and frames, covers etc that I would like to clean up.
    They have wax, wax moths, spiders, comb with all sorts of damage and discoloration. The comb is on a plastic 'starter'.
    I would like to know how to clean it, make it presentable for sale or use, what not to do (any chemicals, no doubt).
    Thanks.
    Please have a look at my bio; I put in my location and equipment, colony description.

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  3. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Default Re: Equipment cleanup

    Scrape off the wax moth cocoons. Just scrape things down. Some people boil it in lye and that's not a bad idea but takes a lot of equipment and is dangerous. You have to be very careful. You could also cook it in beeswax and rosin or paraffin and rosin.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

  4. #3
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    Where do you get a cheap tank to boil boxes in?

  5. #4
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    Default Re: Equipment cleanup

    If you are going to do lye water, I would cut a 55 gallon drum in half. If you are wax dipping, I would probably do a specially made box.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

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