Use a torch to clean frames?

moogies(z8, D/FW Texas)June 6, 2011

Hello-

I'm new to beekeeping and recently purchased a hive box from a local beekeeper. It has 10 frames, which the owner said she used a propane torch to clean. Is this common practice? Also, the base has been painted on the inside, which I think I may have to remove. Would sanding be the best way to remove the paint?

Thanks for any help,

Kathi

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Boxes are sometimes torched if someone had American foulbrood,....not the frames, these would get burned for sure, I suspect if torching was done then foulbrood was there
and I wouldn't risk taking any equipment, including boxes.
Paint on the bottom board should be fine.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2011 at 7:21PM
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moogies(z8, D/FW Texas)

If you can't trust a beekeeper, who can you trust? :(

I'm truly bummed.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2011 at 8:39AM
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moogies(z8, D/FW Texas)

Oh - Konrad, thank you for your post. You probably just saved me a world of grief.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2011 at 8:42AM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

No problem...anytime a new bee keeper is taking on this hobby
new equipment should be purchased. This I learned from our
bee keeping club....glad I did. About 6 month before, a friend,
whose dad used to keep bees, a swarm took home in one of
he's old equipment and gave it to me.
This hive dwindled down soon, to find out it had American foulbrood,...I burned everything.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2011 at 7:56PM
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