Storing Built Out Frames
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  1. #1
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    Default Storing Built Out Frames

    What's the best way to store built out frames that are not in use?

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    Default Re: Storing Built Out Frames

    build out,
    brood frames, containing pollen? hiney?
    extracted super frames?

    there was a few threads on that, here on BS

    search on storing used frames.

    some use cold , or containers, totes etc.

    GG

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    Default Re: Storing Built Out Frames

    That all depends what types of comb they are and what they were used for. Extracted honey frames, if you let the bees clean it off outside, it is of no interest to mice and moths. If its brood comb, freeze it, or store it in para-moth to keep things out of it.
    USDA Hardiness Zone 7A, Hobbyist, First Hives in 2017

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    Default Re: Storing Built Out Frames

    This is how I store all of my empty frames.20150109_174650.jpg20180203_141237.jpg
    There are 25 frames per rack level and the bees clean them all.
    Each rack slides out for removal.
    On warm days in the winter I have seen them cleaning the pollen out of the frames.
    No mice or wax moth damage. I had 3000 frames stored this way last winter and the only thing I had to contend with was wasp nest between some frames.
    Zone 6b 1400'

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    Default Re: Storing Built Out Frames

    For the last 2 years I've been storing drawn brood frames inside a greenhouse, suspended by the cropping wires just above head height. Plenty of light and ventilation. No wax moths so far ...
    LJ
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    Default Re: Storing Built Out Frames

    Thanks guys!

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    Default Re: Storing Built Out Frames

    Clear plastic tubs.

    Click picture.



    You can find them at Home Depot or Walmart. They hold 22 super frames, or 10 deep and 12 medium frames. The lids snap tight keeping insects out. They are stackable. The clear plastic lets you see what is inside.

    Take a frame with you to the store and you'll find something that works - just make sure it has a latching lid that will stay tight even when stacked. They are not ideal for large scale beekeeping but for a hobbyist who needs something for the garage they work well.
    Zone 6B

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