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Will try a few hives with plastic frames this season, I’ve received a few warped, ideas to fix the warped plastic brood frames? Thanks. see picturesP5dmsacATGqesXiQkOZewA.jpglX4o4oOXQamLLKex4VyZHw.jpg
 

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Gently warm and then weight them down whilst they cool?
 

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I gave up on mine. I found it difficult to get them flat. Just the slightest twist was annoying!
 

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Will try a few hives with plastic frames this season, I’ve received a few warped, ideas to fix the warped plastic brood frames? Thanks. see picturesView attachment 24042View attachment 24043
I've used these for 10-15 years. I've never had them delivered like that though. I've had them warp if I boil them up with washing soda in the Burco so I now use a lower temperature.

Advantages of these frames:
1. No nails needed. Just open like a book and pop in the foundation - useful because I keep all my kit in my main apiary. I leave the straps intact in the brood frames but remove them in the supers. Unwired foundation in both.
2. Easier to clean cf wooden brood frames.

Disadvantages:
1. They have become progressively more expensive, now £2 ea cf T's seconds wood frames @50p.
2. Being moulded they have hollow spaces within. These become occupied by wax moth larvae.
 
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Tried these frames once. A couple were like that. Never again!

Can't think how you would straighten them out, so I would bin them and mark it down to experience.
 

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Isn't it time to reduce the amount of plastic we use or use biodegradeable alternatives?
 

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Isn't it time to reduce the amount of plastic we use or use biodegradeable alternatives?
Plastic isn't the problem. Single use plastic and plastic waste is the problem. I note you' reusing a couple of poly nucs (and I have one). They last for decades (granted mine isn't yet a year old), and can be recycled when you're done with them so they're actually a perfectly good choice, especially given their advantages over wood.
 

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