what is bta?I freeze my brood frames during the season unless I am transferring them directly between hives. I also freeze my honey frames after extraction and clean-up, before spraying with Bta for long term storage in my barn. I also spray my brood frames for long time storage.
Jen, for reference I've got the Whirlpool 15 cubic foot chest freezer from Lowe's. I manage to squeeze up to seven medium supers into it at one time. So I use it to freeze supers if I need to let them sit for a few days before extraction (which means I typically only pull seven supers at a time). Over the winter I use the freezer to store supers with honey that I'm saving to put on weaker hives in the spring. Right now it's also holding a bucket of old comb I plan to melt down this summer, and I use it throughout the spring and summer if I have something I want to "cleanse" of pests.Freezer use question. Do you guys/gals actually store your built out frames in the freezer or just freeze the frames temporarily to kill critters and store elsewhere? We are looking to buy a freezer and aren’t sure of the size/investment we really need.
The one I was looking at was a floor model discounted to $400. I didn't buy it because the weather was bad and forecast was calling for even more foul weather and I would have had to make space etc. Plenty of time I told myself. Now priced at $686?Let me know what you end up with. I need a large chest freezer also and have not had much luck on Craigslist.
Cool setups. Similar ideas to what I'm doing. I have no issues hanging frames on my racks in the summer, but I could see how hanging them inside boxes could provide enough closed space that moths would move in.Last year I had been playing around with some "outside storage". I have no real storage space in our freezers and can only put in a frame at a time. So last year I stored some trial comb outside in boxes with 2x2 PT spacers between each box. I first did it while queen rearing and combining making nucs and the yard smaller. Comb would live like this for no more than a few weeks. Although when winter came I left a few trial boxes out for the winter and there was no damage to the comb at all. I also have a space within my wife's chicken coop to store comb, sometimes its to let bees open feed the residual honey after harvest. I got the idea from a beekeeper I met in New Zealand. As a commercial operation they keep all their comb in the boxes but stack them 90 degrees so air flows through and out the top. They have a large shed maybe 50'x100'x20'. The top 3' of the shed is cut out all around to allow light and air to penetrate. I have attached a few pictures of my storage options. The Plexiglas top is new this year (COVID-19 stuck at home) View attachment 54099 View attachment 54101 View attachment 54103
This is how I store my frames. I don't have any wax moth damage and the bees clean them out very well. After the ceder trees produce there clode of pollen the bees clean the frames again. Each of the racks hold 25 frames and can be removed from the larger rack.