Re: What to do with old, dark brood comb
I melt my old brood comb for wax. The cocoons soak up a lot of it and it needs to be pressed to get most all of it out. The wax does tend to be much darker, so I use it to paint on plastic foundation and wax the starter strips for my foundationless frames. I understand that brood comb can be melted in a solar wax melter and it comes out considerably lighter. Downloaded some plans to make one yesterday so i'll find out if it is true. I make candles out of the pale yellow wax from honeycomb and the drone burr comb that I always seem to get a lot of in the spring.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.