B.S. National Brood, Beeswax Coated Plastic Foundation, Black
Our beeswax coated plastic foundation will stand up to season after season, extraction after extraction. The deeper cells feature textured interiors and sharper cell edges that encourage quicker acceptance.
It is recommended that this product is used in every frame location, if given the choice bees will brace against pure wax foundation.
Tip, after two seasons use a wide scrapper our ( HD-615 ) to clean the plastic foundation back to the rib, then place the box and frames back on the hive above a crown board with just one hole in the crown board open. The bees will usually clean the residue from the plastic frames leaving the plastic foundation ready to use.
If you think the frames need to be cleaned more thoroughly this can be done with either a small steam cleaner or by soaking in soda and bleach.
The plastic foundation can also be melted out at low temperature provided it is left in the frame, use some caution when using heat on the plastic foundation..
Once cleaned re coat with wax using a small sponge roller .
- Requires no reinforcement
- Impervious to wax moth damage
- Food grade plastic
- Use year after year with proper care
- Fits National brood frames
- Size 335 x 200mm
Have used wired wax foundation for past 10 years so thought I would give plastic a try after reading how popular it is in the States. Time will tell ! Only minor complaint I have is the foundation could fit better in a Hoffman National frame If all the sides had plain (unstamped) edges. not just one. It would definitely make it less fiddly to fit.
This black plastic brood foundation is excellent for seeing eggs/young larva in the cells. It lasts for years and as the bees can't chew the edges away gives them fewer hiding places for queen cells therefore making swarm control easier. You need to have only this type of foundation in a hive the bees will largely refuse to draw it if wax foundation is present.
Have tried various other plastic foundation, wanted to try the black waxed version. at £45 for 50 the price was right. not sure id be paying the normal price for it though. delivery and service first class as always with bee equipment.
Found the plastic foundation more convenient to work with than the normal wax foundation. It is easy to work with and can be stored without fear of being broken or distorted. Have not noticed any preference from the bees with regard to the type of foundation utilised. In the long run the plastic variety should be more economical as it can be cleaned, sterilised and re used.
Arrived in good time