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Use a torch to clean frames?

Posted by moogies z8 D/FW Texas (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 6, 11 at 12:01

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,

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RE: Use a torch to clean frames?

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.

RE: Use a torch to clean frames?

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

I'm truly bummed.

Thank you...

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

RE: Use a torch to clean frames?

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.

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