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Got a heap of frames left after getting the honey off & wondering how people store theirs?
I've put them all in our chest freezer until next year when they'll go back on in the supers. Ok for now, but with a freezer beast turning up soon I'm going to have to move them. How do you all store yours without attracting bees or ants, etc?
 

Mummzie

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How many are you talking about?
Are they still wets or have they been cleaned up?

I put my extracted frames back on the hive they came from, for the girls to reclaim as much as possible. Then they are stored in a garden shed, in beeboxes, with newspaper between each box. I regularly check them for ant incursions, wax moth etc.

Brood frames are kept in plastic boxes (available The Warehouse). Again, checked, aired regularly - which means when I think of it.

But I'm not storing hundreds of boxes.
 
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Only a couple of boxes worth. They've still got a reasonable residue on them—which is why I put them in the freezer—never thought to put them back on for a bit for the bees to clean. Thank you!
 

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Honey frames are meant to be safe from moth.

I get my wets cleaned. Old brood frames put aside for a melt session.

Boxes of frames then stored in a cold shed,
And tape them together (keeps the vermin out) and tape a cover on each end.

But I’m storing 4-6 boxes only.
 


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