RE: [TopHive] Top Bar Wax
- Beeswax on the guides is rather unnecessary actually. I used it once, and it
made no difference. What is important is the guide is rather distinct. A
sharp 90 Deg bevel (45 Deg + 45 Deg) or a popsicle stick like shim in a
groove of the center of the bar.
McPherson Family Farms
From: TopHive@yahoogroups.com [mailto:TopHive@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2007 2:56 PM
Subject: [TopHive] Top Bar Wax
Where does a newbie find a bit of beeswax to melt and coat on the
top-bar guides? I live out in the sticks and don't know of any
commercial bee-keepers out here. I assume paraffin is a big no-no,
correct? I've kept my eyes open for the occasional jar of honey that has
comb in it at the store but have seen nothing so far.
Zone 8, Texas
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- The thread we used to tie the cut comb onto the bars worked really well.
It's been less than a week and all the comb is already firmly attached
to the bars.
I gave a little tug to the thread on the second day and they'd already
bitten through it on most of the bars where we used the lightweight
thread. The embroidery thread took longer, about 4-5 days before that
pulled free and all but one thread is out.
I was able to leave the bars in place and gently pull the thread as it
released and pull it all out on top without removing any bars. Amazing.
I could also tell without even lifting the bars and disturbing the bees
that everything was in place. I very gently started to lift each bar out
and could feel that they had weight on them.
It's a sunny day today and they're busy working. All is well in our
little corner of bee world.
By the way, the farmers who owned the building we got the bees from has
a daughter who is a reporter. She mentioned it at the newspaper and they
are right now writing up an article about this. I inserted some info
about the bee problems and TBHs so hopefully this will be educational as
well as interesting. I'll post the link if/when it goes to print.
Friendly Haven Rise Farm