Hello all. It's great to find a place with such enthusiasm and knowledge for a pursuit new to me and obviously a passion for many (most) of you. Makes me look forward all the more. Here's my situation: I've recently purchased all of the beekeeping equipment from a local beekeeper from whom we've purchased honey for years. This haul includes about 30 deep brood boxes each containing frames of drawn comb ranging in condition from pristine to nearly black, broken, web-covered, and, well, just plain nasty-looking. Going through all of these frames has been somewhat educational as I was able to differentiate between regular worker cells, drone cells (around the edges of some) and even a couple of long queen cells off the bottom of one. My first question, then, is how bad does a frame of brood comb have to be before you're better off stripping it, cleaning it, and starting over with new foundation and wire? And what to do with the wax from the discarded comb? And should I be worried about any lingering diseases? Thanks in advance for what I hope will be the first of many great answers to my likely unending line of questions.