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Hi all,

I am interested to learn about the differences in using wooden or plastic frames in the hive.. I recently purchased my first hive with wooden frames with Rite-Cell Foundation plastic foundation. What are the cons against going completely to a plastic frame?
http://www.mannlakeltd.com/catalog/page10.html

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I am only a couple years into this but others
have said, and I have seen, that wood has a
more durable top bar.

I am running both. Even with limited experience
I have to agree that wood with plastic inserts
is more durable.

The main "con" with wood IMO is time, time and
time. It is awful nice to take a case of frames
out to the yard, open it, and just put them into
play.

Long story short, I'm going to use fully plastic
frames and foundation for the near future.
 

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For me cell size is an issue. The PF100 and PF120 are not a bad cell size. The PF100 I have is 4.95mm and the PF120 is 5.0mm. The Rite-Cell is 5.4mm. I can buy wax in 4.9mm, which is what I want.

Another issue is acceptance. You get better acceptance with wax. Sometimes they don't like to work plastic.

Plastic is much more durable. If it gets eaten by wax moths you can scrape off the webs and give it back to the bees.

Plastic doesn't buckle and warp like wax does.
 

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Cell size is important for me also. My brood
boxes are separate from the supers and not
interchangeable. This is a major shortcoming
but funds and time dictate that I run used
drawn supers and new plastic is supers.

In the brood I am implementing Honey Super Cell
and wax starters or full sheet in 4.9mm.

The discovery of Mann Lake cell size has me
interested enough that I'm going to order 10
cases or so. 4.9mm to 5.0mm an inexpensive
plastic is like nirvana for me. ;)
 

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Thanks guys.. I was hoping there was not some way major con. I have wood frames with plastic at the moment, but my next batch will be plastic frames with plastic foundation.

I want to try the wax foundation at some point, but that will probably wait until my 2nd year.
 
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