Quantcast

to wire or be wired it be the qustion

Beekeeping Forum

Help Support Beekeeping Forum:

plumber 

House Bee
Joined
Sep 1, 2009
Messages
262
Reaction score
0
Location
LEICESTER
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
7
I have request

would you please tell me your prefered type of foundation. and why you like that type

a. premier wax wired

b. premier unwired

c. standard wired

d. standard unwired

I am making my own hives, it was going to be two to start with, but it's as easy to make five as two, so I shall start with three just to be contrarey.
but the cost of frames and foundation was a bit of a suprise hence the poll.


I am going to order three packages of bee's for as early as he can supply
off of Mick @ easy bee,hopefully April 2010.
from the reading I have done a package of bees is a good a way to start as
a nuc'.

please feel free to say if you think I am wrong, as well as your prefered method of foundation.

cheershttp://www.beekeepingforum.co.uk/Smiles/cheers2.gif

Mik
 
Joined
Jun 20, 2009
Messages
2,433
Reaction score
0
Location
Kingsbridge, South Devon
Hive Type
none
Number of Hives
0 - Now in beeless retirement!
Plumber, What Finman means there is another choice - wired frames to which unwired foundation is fixed.
 

oliver90owner 

Queen Bee
Joined
Jul 15, 2009
Messages
15,628
Reaction score
26
Location
Lincolnshire
Hive Type
14x12
If you are extracting honey (partcularly radially) use wired. .

If you are going to eat wax, don't wire.

Your choice on quality.

Some will say, no frames and no foundation (TBHs).

I spin, so use wired standard. But I am looking at making my own.

Regards, RAB
 
Last edited:

Nick W 

House Bee
Joined
Sep 13, 2009
Messages
106
Reaction score
0
Location
Kidderminster
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
2 Hives
Hi

I have also seen that Thornes do plastic foundation with a covering of wax. What are the thoughts on this? I think it seems quite good as it will be very tough and the plastic will take alot to damage it......

Nick
 

Poly Hive 

Queen Bee
Joined
Dec 4, 2008
Messages
13,655
Reaction score
2
Location
Scottish Borders
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
9 and 18 Nucs
Plastic takes a very good flow to get drawn.

Unwired foundation is best used for Cut comb.

Unwired foundation anywhere near an extractor whether tangental or radial will fly apart.

There are very good reasons for using wired foundation, and I used to wire my frames and than add wired foundation so it would withstand heather extraction.

PH
 

Finman 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 8, 2008
Messages
25,518
Reaction score
91
Location
Finland, Helsinki
Hive Type
langstroth
.
No one wire for fun. If you loose time, in extraction you get it back.

not to use foundation is waste of money.
 

Somerford 

Drone Bee
Joined
Aug 24, 2009
Messages
1,575
Reaction score
11
Location
Wiltshire, Somerset, S Glos & S Oxfordshire
Hive Type
national
I tend to order my foundation from maisemo re apairies. never had a problem with it. They make it on site. it always smells fresh and 'waxy'.

I have always used pre-wired foundation although when I started, my beekeeping mentor, Lew, did also use unwired alot. This involves fitting in 4 grommet/cups in the frames, the top ones about a third of the way down and the bottom ones about a third of the way up if you get me. Then place framing wire through the holes, tighten (but not so tight it bends the frame!) and then slip in the unwired foundation.

I used to have hours of fun using an old car battery, 2 leads and then touching the wire to create a current that melted the wax foundation ever so slightly onto the wire.

Older beekeepers swore by it as it seems to make the comb more stable, especially if the bees decide to chew around the outside and the base.

Some old frames I once had didn't have separate bars at the bottom - they just had a groove to slide the foundation in prior to wiring. (they were a right bug*er to clean and re-frame mind)

Of course you could 'go au naturel' and just fix a small starter strip into each frame but, as Finman says, when it comes to extracting, or even manipulating the combs for that matter, be prepared for the comb to collapse !
 

plumber 

House Bee
Joined
Sep 1, 2009
Messages
262
Reaction score
0
Location
LEICESTER
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
7
thanks for your replys

Hi
thanks for your replys so far
I will be wirering the frames useing pre wired or self wired.
your experence in the different method is of great help in disiding which to use
and assemble over the winter months, I have seen vids on the net of the different tecniques used to wire the frames. your personal choices and opinions
will help me.
thanks
Mik

Pete. thanks for early morning reply, who are kbs can you PM me a link ?
 

Poly Hive 

Queen Bee
Joined
Dec 4, 2008
Messages
13,655
Reaction score
2
Location
Scottish Borders
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
9 and 18 Nucs
Kemble Bee Supplies are KBS, probably the best foundation available in the uk.

Only prob is they don't take card payments over the phone, still believe in cheques which is a shame.

http://www.kemble-bees.com/

PH
 

plumber 

House Bee
Joined
Sep 1, 2009
Messages
262
Reaction score
0
Location
LEICESTER
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
7
thanks for the link have bookmarked it and placed it in
the beekeeping folder for future use

Mik
 

Latest posts

Top