So you'll be the fellah doing the juggling with a soft comb in mid-summer RAB. Resist the temptation to deviate the frame from the vertical when inspecting on a hot sunny day. There is a lot of weight in a full comb of brood and food.
I know. But the TBH mob do OK without side and bottom bars and the unwired is cheaper (as I intend to change foundation more regularly) so I will find if it is cost effective! I have the experience and confidence not to let it all fall out - and if you drop a wired frame it suffers exactly the same, so nothing new.
Brood nest needs to be the same temperature, so a really full frame of comb will be the same temperature in spring as on a cool, or hot, summer day. If it is not a viable proposition, the suppliers are supplying items 'not fit for purpose'? I don't think I will be complaining. After all, there is plenty of space in the Dartingtons, which is where they will be going, at least initially.
I tried just flat unembossed wax in a frame-the bees chewed holes in it and also drew out some beautiful drone comb.Why not just try 1 inch wide "starter" strips of brood comb .The bees will draw it down beautifully.I would'nt use unwired comb in the brood box but starter strips in the super are great for cut comb.
Tried full sheets of unwired foundation in BS national brood frames,some were okay, but most bowed very badly about 2/3 of the way down,so badly the frames could not be placed in any other position in the box's.
Thanks for that relay of experience, Hivemaker. Mine, I am expecting, will be drawn (mostly) on OSR and may finish with some OSR honey in situ as part of the rush to get them drawn. Depends on how things pan out once the spring arrives. Lots of ifs and buts and I expect I will just have to go with the flow....
I will be trying a few quirky things with a colony or two on the rape, while the Dartingtons can stay at home, for any needed increase. Quirky? like tangentially extracting OSR from 14 x12s with no wiring, possibly!
All good fun and more info into the experience bank. Often a case of what not to do again.