Here on the East Coast of Australia, we’ve had some pretty crazy weather with high winds and flooding, causing some concerns for moisture in the hives e.g. the timber.
To maintain the opportunity for the longevity of the timber it’s important the beekeeper protects it, as such with any natural timber product kept outside.
How do you protect your timber, particularly in areas located with extreme weather?
My preference is to seal the timber with 2 coats of linseed for cedar and outdoor paint for araucaria. I always paint the roof with 2 good coats and even paint the underside to avoid moisture and water seeping through the timber into the roof.
I also take careful consideration for the location of my hives so to avoid excessive moisture gathering areas and keep the hive dry as much as possible, such as keeping it away from long grass, untamed weeds, a valley etc.
I try to reapply annually and particularly like to swap out boxes with a temp one so I can sand the panels back and reapply oil/paint. I love a fresh-looking hive