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Friday, May 12, 2006

Super Frames with too much space

I wish the smell of honeycomb could be transmitted through the Internet. The room where I've been working smells so full of honey.

I expect that making mistakes is part of being a "newbee" and I am certainly making plenty. This mistake is that I ordered the wrong size foundation for my frames. The foundation is supposed to sit in a slot at the bottom of this kind of frame but I ordered 4 3/8" foundation and needed a larger size. So the foundation is hanging by the top wedge and not connected to the bottom.

The bees should be fine with this - they'll make their own comb to fill the space. I'm planning to crush and strain the comb if I get any honey rather than using an extractor, so all of this should be fine, but I've been worrying about it - especially since I bought enough of this wrong size to fill five more supers - ARGHHHHHH!!

The amount of space between the bottom of the foundation and the bottom of the frame is only about 1/4" and if it hangs OK in the center of the frame, it ought not to bother the bees too much. Posted by Picasa

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