When you buy wire from the bee stores it is 28 ga. I just strung 10 frames so I can add foundation and I used 28. I bought 100 foot spools for $2.09 at the local hardware store. When I add my foundation I use a 6 volt battery to heat the wire and imbed it into the foundation. There are some good Youtube videos on doing this and I suggest the 6 volt lantern battery instead of a battery charger or 12 volt.
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