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How did you waterproof your hive?


#1

So I’m getting my flow hive set and ready to go outside soon. I’ve assembled and sanded everything smooth, just need to waterproof to prevent mold/discoloration/warping in all the rain.

I saw the recomendation about tung oil, and it sure does look pretty, but I don’t want to have to reapply every few months. Ideally I’d like to stain and seal it w/ a waterproof coating, like a polyurethane.

What did you use? what brand? How many coats?

Did you need to stain or do some sort of oiling first to get the color to pop before sealing it?


#2

If you bought the western red cedar all you need to do is apply tung oil to the exterior surfaces of the hive. If you bought any other wood then use a good exterior paint of your choice. Use brighter or neutral colors and not anything that will absorb the sun and add more heat to the hive.


#3

won’t the cedar discolor over time w/o sealant and UV blocker? does tung oil need to be reapplied often?


#4

Cedar goes silver over time. With Tung Oil, it stays the rich redwood color, even without UV blockers. I reapply Tung Oil once per year. It is a 15 minute job, maximum. My hives haven’t faded at all (or silvered) in the last 2 1/2 years.


#5

The one thing that needs waterproofing, from my observation is the roof.

I was given a flow hive. I finished up giving the roof 3 good coats of white house paint, making sure that all the gaps were filled. Then I sealed under the gable ends with silicone to stop water running back under via capillary action. Then I sealed all the gaps under the roof with silicone to remove hiding places for SHBs.


#6

the cedar roof on mums hive did silver a lot even with the tung oil- and after only 18 months. We ended up wax dipping and insulating it. The walls of the hive body have stayed a lovely red color. The base is showing signs of aging- I’d also consider painting that- especially if I was in an area with a lot of rain.

I’d also paint the roof- if I didn’t have my own wax dipping machine… :wink:

My brother has the cedar version too- and I wax dipped the entire hive for him. I found that cedar takes up more wax than pine (though with pine it does penetrate 100%)- and afterwards the cedar hive was kind of slick with wax wheras pine ends up feeling almost dry. I weighed it before and after and it took up over 250 grams of bees wax and gum rosin. That hive is standing up nicely.