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Plastic vs Wax Foundation – Which to Use?

Foundation vs Foundationless Beekeeping

There are two types of foundation in beekeeping: wax and plastic foundation. Plastic foundation has gained popularity over the years due to the time it saves during installation. It is popular among beekeepers with a business-oriented beekeeping operation. Wax foundation can be used with wired frames or without. Wiring frames gives the foundation additional strength. Plastic beehive frames may come molded together with their plastic foundation. This article will compare plastic vs wax foundation. It also compares them to help you make better decisions when choosing foundation for your beehives.

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How to Coat Plastic Foundation with Beeswax

How to Coat Plastic Foundation with Beeswax

New plastic foundation and that which has been cleaned requires a coat of beeswax. The wax helps make the foundation acceptable by honeybees. Adding wax to plastic foundation on new frames is often needed to add the depth of the layer which the manufacturer has put on the foundation. This article will guide you through various ways on how to coat plastic foundation with beeswax. The other type of foundation used in beekeeping is wax foundation. Since it is already made using beeswax, it does not usually require coating with more beeswax.

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How to Wire a Beehive Frame

Best Beehive Frame Wires

Wiring a beehive frame gives it strength and better support for wax comb. It prevents sagging and enables the frame and comb on it to endure honey extraction without breaking apart. This article shows you how to wire a beehive frame by yourself, using simple home and garden tools. Beekeepers should keep in mind that the purpose of wiring frames is not so much to hold comb in place, but rather to prevent it from sagging.

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