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Wiring for Unframed Foundation

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Wiring Bee Hive Frames for Unwired Foundation

Some Beekeepers do not use wire reinforced foundation, but instead use unwired foundation in frames that have been strung with wire. The wire then being embedded in the wax.

The purpose of wiring bee hive frames, is so that unwired foundation is supported for the drawing of flat, high quality, honeycomb. If this honeycomb is for collecting honey that is to be extracted in a centrifugal extractor, the wiring will also help the comb to resist forces that tend to burst or break honeycomb.


Some other Beekeepers use nylon mono filament (fishing line) or thin twine for this purpose.

I myself use nylon… Shakespeare, extra sure strength OMNI 3000, 0.45 mm 9.0 kg is the type of line I use.

I do the embedding using a soldering iron that has been modified as per the details on the embedding tools page. This is not hot enough to damage the nylon line, but I do the work on a workbench that I use for all my wax working. This bench has a central heating radiator mounted directly underneath it and I work in a warm room (warmer than most people can stand… Maybe 28


I always use stainless steel wire and a battery charger to embed it. I also use an embedding board which will feature on a page of that name.Realistically it is cheaper to buy wired foundation, but when I wired broods it was already wired and the ambition was to reinforce it for Heather needling and extraction.?



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