07917 677667 beesatbobs@btinternet.com RJ beekeeping, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

Come what may, it has become tradition for us to have a bonfire around November 5th. The rain last night meant tonight was the night. I had accumulated over 30 old brood frames through the season wrapped in platic bags (to keep bees out). The wax was of no use to melt -dark with spent cocoons, faeces and dirt; I suppose I could have cleaned and put fresh foundation into the frames but as a costing exercise (time means money) it is cheaper to buy new frames and be sure of no disease. Anyway they went on the bonfire and what a difference they made, burning with an intense, brilliant white/yellow flame (almost enriching the fire) and really burning well. I would almost recommend it as a fuel enhancer for bonfires.