Hey. Cadet beekeeper here. I want to buy some pure wax foundation in Perth Australia and want to make sure it is chemical free. I found some online saying it is made from paraffin wax which I definitely do not want. I do not know how to tell good foundation from bad, so your advice on this and from where best to get it is appreciated.
That was question 1. This is Q2. Is it ok to make up some frames with foundation now so I’ll find them ready come spring? If I store them in a cupboard will they keep? Is wax moth a problem?
And this is Q.3. I made up some wooden frames and they look fine. When I put them in my jig to wire them I realised they are not perfectly square. I do not know whether it was sloppy assembly, or poor quality. I suspect the former. Is this an issue? Do people here normally wire frames up?
Q.4 Embedding foundation. Is it necessary? I rather not buy a car battery charger to embed if I can avoid it. Can I just put some wax in the groove and ‘glue’ the foundation sheet there? Maybe a couple of melted wax spots on the wires to keep it in place? I have an unused 12V garden lighting transformer, will this do the embedding without tripping the RCD and burn the town down?
I have a Q5 but will leave that for another day.