Hello to all. I finally put my FH 2 together. Can’t wait to place outside in our garden. I love the way the 100 % Tung Oil enhanced the Cedar.
Looks so beautiful, Dylan! I wish I could tell you it’ll stay like that, because you did such a great job, but the just FYI tung oil has to be redone frequently in climates like yours in SC. I redid my WRC Flow kit after a couple muggy hot summers here near Philly. I ended up painting the roof and the brood box in a light color to reduce heat & stop mildew, and I recoated the super with exterior grade polyurethane in a matte finish. Still lets much of the pretty cedar tone show, and of course the bees still varnish the insides with their favorite propolis
Thanks for the compliments. Do you have a picture to show @Eva?
Sure thing! Good you asked because it made me actually look at the condition, two years on, and now I believe I will sand and recoat this winter:
Looks amazing! Hoping you have enough room in back for inspection and harvesting - hard to tell the distance from the wall in the pic, but it’s a nice looking setup
@Eva I have some room in the back of hive to observe when it’s time to add the flow super next year. I also have room to fully pull out tray as well. I will take another look again to verify. If not, I will slowly move it forward to ensure inspection and harvesting. Thanks for pointing that out to me.
Good advice from @Eva remember you need enough room at the back of the hive with at least enough distance to get the key into the frames to extract the honey plus a bit. I have 3 feet at the back of mine and even that is a bit tight.
@Peter48 Thanks. I will check first day light and adjust. This is day two of bees and queen cage being installed. When I check on the third day to see if Queen is released, I should be ok to adjust placement doing this time?
I would move the hive as needed and basically being in the same position it won’t upset the colony. Just do it smoothly. It isn’t like you moving the hive any distance which would then be a different approach to it.
Glad to be of help, it is a great forum for getting good sound advice.