Yes drawing fast makes the comb more delicate, less chewy. I use starter strips from the thin foundation - more economical for one, a better product because the comb is very tender - less wax per bite! Half inch starter strip is all I use. good luck!Someone said you need them to draw the honey fast so they don't "reenforce" the wax? I have not heard of such a thing.
I used starter strips for the first time this year (hobby, not commercial) and, because II use starter strips from the thin foundation... ...Half inch starter strip is all I use.
Maybe I should just buy from you, I sell my extracted honey for $11 LB and as of lunchtime today I only have one bottle left of my first harvest done at the end of july that makes my supers worth $330 - $500. I sell my bee o pacs for $5 each even if they only draw out 50% thats $320.I wholesale by the super for $100 a super. I produce 60-100 supers a year.:thumbsup:
While I agree about all the extra expense and the sometimes disappointing results, I think it's still worth producing some cut comb honey. Rather than look at all the combs that didn't get completed, I like to look at the combs that did.What the many optomists will not tell you is the labor involved in getting perfect comb honey. Putting in the foundation, using clean frames to avoid wax streaks, pulling the supers before the bees stain them too much, putting them back on hives to clean burr drips, cutting, draining, cleaning, power to run freezer and last but not least the 20-25 percent that the little buggers dont get capped or fill full of pollen (not always the end of the world but not grade A)