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Rconditioning the bars in a TBH


#1

I lost my colony over the winter and prepping the hive for the new bee package that will arrive in the spring. I have harvested the remaining honey and removed the comb off of the bars. I have scrapped the majority of the comb off of the “V” shape portion of the bar.

Do I need to do anything else to prep the bar?

  1. Should I clean off more of the remaining comb?
  2. Should I use a heat gun to melt down the remain comb?

#2

Howdy, and thank you for your great questions! We’d suggest cleaning as much of the comb as possible, as wacky shaped comb can be a messy start for bees to festoon and draw new comb from. You can possibly create cross-combing or wavy comb from the start. Leave as much of the propolis as possible as this substance will give your next bees a really good start to the season! We’d avoid using a heat torch to uniformly melt the wax, as there would be a high chance of simply burning the wax, or simply the bars themselves.