Re: Starting all natural frames
Little joe, to avoid the extraction blowout problem, I use plasic foundation in my medium supers and foundationless frames in my deep brood boxes. As hockeyfan stated, always put new foundationless frames next to flat drawn comb. I have put an entire box of foundationless on a hive and it was a mess. At least it was all capped honey and not brood. I wax my starter strips because it makes me feel good. The bees do not care. When I run the monofilament, I use a special knot that works well for me. It is a squareknot that has an extra wrap in the upper loop. It will pull down tight and not back off. I follow that up with a four wrap overhand knot. For me tying works better and is faster than using the little nails.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.