Beeswax Comb Foundation
We take great pride in
the high quality of our comb foundation which is
manufactured using the “Weed Process”. Only the
purest beeswax available is
used which is sourced from beekeepers within New Zealand.
of the beeswax that we use in comb foundation
manufacture is first heated to approx 110 deg C before
being micro filtered to remove all dross and moisture.
This ensures that when you buy our comb foundation, you
are only paying for pure beeswax.
The filtered liquid
beeswax then passes to the “Weed Process” sheeting
machine. This converts the beeswax from a liquid state
into a continuous flat sheet and is one of the secrets
of making high quality comb foundation. During this
process, the beeswax gains greatly in elasticity and
strength to the point where a piece of cold comb foundation
can be scrunched up and then flattened out again without
The rolls of sheet then
pass to the automatic milling machine. The pure beeswax
sheet passes between two precision engraved rollers
which imprint the pattern onto the beeswax.
The continuous sheet is
then cut to width before being cut to length. The
finished sheets are then weighed before being packed in
Throughout the process,
stringent quality control checks are continuously
The life of our Comb
Foundation if stored in its original packaging in dry
conditions is indefinite. Because of its purity, it is
not attacked by wax moths.
We manufacture 5
different thicknesses of Comb Foundation:
Manuka Special (MS)
- 10 sheets per kg
Extra strength comb foundation produced mainly for
Manuka honey production but is also excellent for honey
The extra wax in the midrib is partly used by the bees
to draw out the cells. Because bees use nectar to
produce beeswax, the extra wax in the comb foundation
means that they will store more nectar, increasing your
Manuka Special is designed to be used with grooved
bottom and top bars. This allows the bees to attach the
comb as strongly at the bottom as the top and sides.
Due to its extra strength, thickness and firm attachment
to the bottom bar, experience has shown that Manuka
Special comb foundation withstands the pricking and
extraction process well.
Extra Heavy Brood (EHB)
- 13 sheets per kg
Midway in weight between MB and MS. Can be
used anywhere in the hive. There is more wax used
per sheet but the advantage is that the bees draw it out
very quickly and it is very strong.
Medium Brood (MB) - 17 sheets per kg in Full Depth
foundation which can be used in the brood nest and honey
Light Brood (LB) -
21 sheets per kg
Midway in weight between TS and MB. Used for comb
honey but can be put into the brood nest if necessary.
Also made from cappings beeswax.
Super (TS) - 24.25 sheets per kg in Full Depth
for use in the production of Comb Honey. Because
this comb foundation needs to be of high purity and a very
light colour, only cappings beeswax can be accepted for
This comb foundation is difficult
to produce in warm weather, so to avoid any delays order
before end of September.
Comb Foundation dimensions:
All thicknesses of
comb foundation are available in 4 standard dimensions.
Full Depth Std - 422 mm x 205
mm. To fit an Alliance Full Depth frame with plain
Full Depth Wide - 422 mm x 212
mm. To fit an Alliance FD frame with a grooved bottom
3/4 Depth Std - 422 mm x 145
mm. To fit an Alliance 3/4 frame with a plain bottom
3/4 Depth Wide - 422 mm x 157 mm. To fit an Alliance 3/4
frame with a grooved bottom bar.
Extra Heavy Brood
is available as 422 mm x 266 mm to fit a Jumbo frame
with a grooved bottom bar.
Super and Light Brood are available as 422 mm x 113 mm
to fit an Alliance Ideal Half Depth frame.
We can also make
foundation to your specification. For orders under
200 kg a non-standard charge applies.
Price List: This is only available to New
Zealand Beekeepers who supply suitable wax for
Stock Price List:
Retail comb foundation.
Minimum export order
is 360 kgs.
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