Frame assembly - Apis Mellifera Beekeeping Course

Apis Mellifera
Beekeeping Course
by Amazing Bees
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Beekeeping Course
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Frame assembly

Session 3
Frames for combs

Frame assembly - explosion diagram
Having the means of building/assembling frames with comb foundation makes the life of a beekeeper much easier. Otherwise, when you need to buy them, urgently, they are out of stock.

Frames come in kits and are best stapled together using a staple gun.

Feeding the wire through metal eyelets in the holes of the frame side bars allows for stronger tension of the wire.

Frame explosion diagram
Wiring frames provides the means of embedding the comb foundation by heating up the wire with a battery charger. The wire also gives the comb structure more strength.

Use only Stainless Steel wire!

It's hard to believe but some Beekeeping Supply stores offer galvanised wire to save a few cents.

Do not use galvanised wire
as it kills the brood when in contact and contaminates the honey with zink.

It works like a battery: two different metals + acid (honey) produces electric current >> cooks the larvae.
When you come across a brood frame full with brood, but showing lines of empty cells where the wires run through the comb it is an indication that the frame has been wired with galvanised wire. The larvae that once were in those cells have been cooked by the current, rendering the cells empty.

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