Most Frequently Asked Questions
Can the plain Splitter hold up in rain?
The Splitter was designed to make splits and then transfer them into permanent hives. The structure of the Splitter is designed so that all the weight of the combs is transferred to the bottom of the box. There is no stress on the outside structure. The Splitter was not designed to get wet, but if it does get wet, it will dry out almost to the original shape.
Can the plain Splitter be treated?
Yes, it can be rolled with a paint or wood preservative.
How long do they last?
If used as designed, beekeepers have used them for over 10 years.
How can I keep the cover secure?
You can tape the plain Splitter or use an 8 inch rubber band.
Can I tape the waxed Splitter?
No, tape will not stick to the wax.
How durable is the waxed Splitter?
The waxed Splitter, except for the inner cover and frame inserts, is dipped in wax inside and out. The wax runs down the flues which makes it extremely waterproof.
What is the biggest problem?
Transporting the Splitter when the split is too strong. Too many bees causes heat and congestion. That is why ventilation is built into the Splitter.
Why don't you take credit cards?
The MDA Splitter is the only product of Mel Disselkoen Apiaries and it is seasonal. Credit card companies charge monthly, all year round, for the account. Split producers operate on a cash basis so there is no problem to pay me at the time of purchase.