Iaorana, my name is Hiro, I live in Tahiti and I launched into beekeeping as amateur 2 years ago.
I have 5 hives Langstroth, I made 1 half harvest last November because my hive became “bourdonneuse” (3 frames of male brood!) and I had to kill the queen and divide the hive.
I come on here to follow advices of experienced beekeepers such as you to help me in case of doubt.
The apiarian season here begins from October-November till April-May then we enter southern winter from June till September, thus we are at the height of the season here and I don’t know if I’m harvesting because it’s raining a lot since 2 weeks, hope we don’t have a cyclone this year.
Here, the beekeeping equipment is expensive. A wax sheet can reach 650f ( 6$ us) minimum!
We can import some sheets only by France, that is expensive.
It is expensive because we have to supply to the local veterinary service a sanitary certificate and a certificate of ionization and these two certificates cost 125 euros without speaking forwarding charges.
Finally, the great majority of the professional beekeepers keep jealously their own wax thus, us, amateurs, are at the mercy of price rates applied by importers.
I am a handyman, I make my hives, ruchettes, for frames I made 10 then I resolved to buy them because too many falls.
I made a solar wax melter.
On my ruchettes, I installed on a side a photo frame so as to see bees working without disturbing them.
My next step is to make my own waffle iron machine so as I can make my own wax sheets.
Sorry for my English.