What is the easiest way to clean used frames? It takes a whole ton of patience to scrap each one by hand. Would it hurt to boil them in a pot? Would this work? Im sure you old beeks see the same old questions by the season. Thanks for any info....... Mike
Hey Mike S,
I hate cleaning frames, I am not an old beek I am just old lol. I use a torch and heat up a hive tool and it helps cut through a lot of the built up wax and propolis. I got my solar wax melter built this spring so I will be putting some frames in it to see how that works.
Hope you get some additional ideas.
perhaps you are getting them cleaner than neccessary. i seldom do more than a quick scrape on the end bars to keep them the right width. if i'm 'specially active, i'll hit the burr comb on the top bars. good luck,mike
let the bees dry'em off, pop out the wedge, run a screwdriver through the divided bottom bars, use the hive tool to give a scrape up each of the end bars, replace the wax sheet. i did it while watching the news for years. good luck,mike
Wax foundation frames or foundationless frames are easy just toss them in the wax melter. The plastic foundation frames I don't think you have a choice but to scrape them or scrap them. Boiling them is definitely out of the question unless you like warped frames!
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