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Backstory: Long time wax foundation users, getting older. We started with old Kelly boxes and frames, then Brushy frames, but bough MannLake boxes recently. (Don't ask, long story why). We have tools and skills to do almost anything, but our day jobs are keeping us busy.

We have 12 new shallow boxes that we would like to try plastic foundation in for honey use. Ideally, would like to purchase the white or light plastic foundation in wooden frames. We prefer wooden frames as our gals like to propolis the heck out of our woodenware to the point we have to clean them periodically just to pry them off the metal rails during inspections. We need to purchase both frames and foundation and would love to find them already assembled. My problem, is that I'm not finding a resource to purchase shallow light foundation, much less already in a wooden frame. I'm not worried about the wax level, as I can easily heavily wax them ourselves. Any suggestions?
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You may have to settle for medium and cut it down. That would require also removing cell embossings on the raw edge. Not a big chore. Question is will you have enough flex in that narrow a sheet to spring it into shallow frames?
 

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Certain brands of plastic foundation are hated by bees.

I ordered some foundation on ebay, and the bees took a very long time to draw that foundation.

The Mann-lake waxed brands seem to perform quite well.

I've also heard very good things about Acorn double waxed, but I never did find a good supplier for that foundation.
 

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Best customer service and pricing for Acorn frames and foundation is to email Nick directly. I honestly do not know if he has the shallow foundation, I only purchase the mediums.

[email protected]

Great guy and easy to work with. The bees take to the foundation very well
 

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Thank you for everyone suggestion. We ended up going with BetterBee. Fantastic service, great communication and excellent product. We ended up ordering hardware, foundation, frames and nucs from them. Very satisfied. Will be my go to vendor.

And I've heard great things about the Acorn plastic foundation. If we move into more plastic, I'll keep Nick's contact information.
 
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