I'd been thinking about this idea for a while, it's good to see that somebody else is actually doing it. I think I came across the idea looking at illustrations in a book by Langstroth, or one of the other real old-timers.
I thought I would use straight sided wide-mouth jars, so that the comb could be cut out by the user. It might look less impressive though (less of a ship-in-a-bottle look). I never did see a finished product... c'mon Don.
To clear the bees out, perhaps you could rig up a thin shim to go under the board holding the jars, and then an escape board under that. Other than that... I don't know, drumming?
I've not done this myself, but a friend of mine tried it last year when I told him about the process. He ran an 8 frame deep and a medium as the brood nest and put the jars on top of that, covered by an empty super for to keep the jars in the dark. The bees drew out all 12 pint jars with beautiful comb honey. He did not put anything in the jars as a starter at all and the bees still went in and filled the jars with comb honey.
this is another old way of doing comb honey, but this is not using jars, just empty frames. it works. with imperfect peices you can put these into jars and fill them with honey. i posted this in another thread....just can't find it right now! :lol:
okay i just rechecked my video......it ain't working! so will get it working!
great little 'how to' video riverbee. I kind of do it in this same fashion although I sometimes use baby nuc frames and always use plain beewax foundation in the frames. for me even medium or shallow frames will work since I package the stuff up in wide mouth pint jars and fill the empty space with extracted honey. I also 'freeze' the frames for a minimum of 24 hours before I cut the stuff up.
omie, i don't freeze the frames like tecumseh does, but i do freeze the packages. i usually cut the frames as soon as they are removed from the hive, let them drain, package, put a ziplock over the package and then freeze it. the cappings stay very white this way, (and kills any wax moth larvae that may be present).