I received my second flow hive this week, on time and the box of hive parts arrived a day after the box of flow frames, can’t complain about any of that…well done to Flow Team.
My first hive was WRC and I decided to get an Aussie Pine Hive for second one, simply because its locally made and was a bit cheaper.
I’ve only dry assembled it so far, but I was keen to compare with the WRC and I’m pleased to say that it fits together perfectly, no chisels or sandpaper required on any part, great workmanship to whoever made them.
I had a bit of a doh! moment when I noticed the edges all had what I thought to be dark stain on them, which was a bit odd, particularly if I wanted a lightly stained hive, but on closer inspection discovered that the stain was in fact the burnt timber from being laser cut. Even the Flow trademark was laser cut right through the timber which fascinates me how fine and accurate the laser cutting must be. I wonder if the bees will try and seal it up and stop light getting in…although its above the top lid.
Now my dilemma is whether to paint or stain the hive and with what? I’ve got a lot of tung oil left from the WRC hive, but will that be sufficient to protect the pine or should I use something like decking oil or will it have to be painted regardless?
If I’m staining or painting it, will there be any issues using the same stuff on the landing board?