BetterComb Deep Comb
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A fully drawn comb, made of food-grade, virgin synthetic wax, similar in composition to beeswax. Comes ready for your bees to use. Combs only; frame not included. Grooved top bar recommended.
Sold in a packs of 10.
Unlike regular foundation, BetterComb does not need to be drawn out by the bees. When installed into the included deep frame, the frame is ready for the bees to use. BetterComb frames provide bees instant access to space for brood or nectar without needing time and resources to draw out comb.
There are significant advantages to using drawn comb over standard foundation. BetterComb can significantly benefit both packages and nucleus colonies. When packages are first installed in a hive, they must draw out comb before raising brood. By allowing immediate egg laying, BetterComb encourages rapid brood production, which increases the colony’s productivity.
Similarly, when nucleus colonies are first installed in their hives, the bees may begin storing nectar in the brood nest of the nuc, as it may be the only space available. If the brood area becomes plugged with nectar, the colony’s swarming impulse can be triggered. BetterComb gives bees built-out space to expand.
BetterComb needs to be installed into a groove top wooden frame. The combs are 17″ by 8″ to fit PerfectBee deep frames. Please note other manufacturers’ frames may vary, however it is possible to cut BetterComb with a knife to reduce the size if needed. We recommend pinning the comb into place on all four sides with toothpicks; this requires drilling holes in the top and bottom bar, and side bars (if not already drilled). To purchase frames and combs as a kit, please purchase BetterComb Frame.
To install the comb into your frame, simply press the frame over the comb, align, and pin with wooden toothpicks (frame and toothpicks not included). Printed instructions are included and video instructions are shown here: here.
It is also possible to install BetterComb into wired frames by heating and melting the wires into the combs. Please contact us for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is BetterComb made from?
BetterComb is produced from synthetic wax similar in chemical composition to beeswax. The wax is a mixture of ingredients synthesized from mineral and plant sources.
Is it safe?
Yes. BetterComb is produced in accordance with FDA requirements for food contact and is produced in an ISO 22000-certified facility. All ingredients are food or pharmaceutical grade, and do not include any toxic or harmful ingredients.
How do bees use BetterComb?
Bees use BetterComb as they use any other comb once they become acquainted with it. Queens will lay eggs and raise brood in the BetterComb, and workers will store pollen and nectar in it. Bees will repair and adjust the comb just as they do with real comb.
Can I mix it with other frames?
Yes. There are certain configurations that work best when mixing with other frames. Alternating frames is not recommended. See photos in instructions for additional information.
Can I extract the frames?
The BetterComb frames are fragile compared to wired frames or frames with plastic foundation. We do not recommend extracting the frames for that reason. It is possible to make frames with wiring that will handle extraction easily. This item does not include parts needed for wiring, though.
What do I do with the wax at end of life?
At the end of a frame’s useful life, the combs can be melted down. The resulting wax can be used for candles, but is not beeswax. We have found that the BetterComb wax, as well as mixtures with beeswax, burns in a similar manner to pure beeswax.