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Differences in wax or plastic foundation for the frames
KAS1210Date: Thursday, 2009-08-27, 7:57 PM | Message # 1
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Can anyone elaborate on this, which do you prefer and is there really a difference?
 
JimDate: Saturday, 2009-08-29, 8:49 PM | Message # 2
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Hi Kim. The plastic foundation typically has a beeswax coating on it, and is easiest to install in a frame. You just pop it right in by bending it a little bit. Pure beeswax takes a little more effort. it needs to be inserted into the frame's bottom slot and then held into the top via a slim piece of wood called a wedge which is then nailed or stapled to hold the top in position. Then it should be wired into place to hold it firmly and keep it from blowing out in an extractor when removing the honey. In fact on the main page of this site there is a video demonstration of me installing some waxed foundation. As to preference, it's really a personal call. I used to use plastic because it was so much more convenient. I have found, however, that the bees tend to do a better job combing out the pure beeswax; i.e. less bridge comb and more evenly distributed comb thickness wise. I believe cost difference is basically insignificant. Like I said though, you'll hear different opinions from different beekeepers. Hope this helps.

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