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Aluminum Foundation

Posted: September 28th, 2016, 3:08 pm
by Countryboy
Sunday a guy I know called me. His brother had some old bee equipment in the barn, and wanted to know if I was interested in it. They are trying to clean out the barn.

Monday I met with his brother, who is probably in his mid-70's. The guy said he had bees about 15 years ago. When the bees died, he put the stuff in the barn where it has been sitting ever since. (It looked like it had been sitting far longer than 15 years.)

There were 8 deep boxes, a medium, a shallow box, 5 lids, and 3 big cardboard boxes full of old empty frames. The boxes were still in good condition. I gave him $50 for it all. He said if he found any more bee stuff, it was mine.

There were 3 frames with aluminum foundation in them. I had seen an aluminum comb before, which had cells made of aluminum (similar to permacomb) at the OSU bee museum, but I had never seen aluminum foundation before.

The foundation kind of reminded me of Duragilt, in that it was a foundation with a wax coating on it. Most of the wax coating was gone, but there was still some wax on the foundation where it was protected by the bottom bar.

So I did some googling, and found that Allen has encountered it before. ... m#aluminum And it is talked about on Dave Cushman's website and a BeeSource thread.

The 3 pieces of aluminum foundation are still in good shape.

Re: Aluminum Foundation

Posted: September 29th, 2016, 5:31 pm
by Countryboy
I examined it and found that the sheet measured 42 centimeters across, and in that span I counted 84 complete cells. That means the overall average cell width is 5.0 mm.
Out of curiosity, I checked the aluminum foundation I have. It is 42.5 cm wide, and there are 81 cells. That comes out to 5.25 mm cell size.

Re: Aluminum Foundation

Posted: September 30th, 2016, 2:50 pm
by Allen Dick
IMO 5.25mm is ideal for the bees I run. Pierco and Acorn both are 5.25 for their standard one piece. Pierco mediums for some reason address larger.