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Should I Tongue Oil my western red cedar hive?

Hi Group

I have just finished assembling my western red cedar Flow hive and I am a novice to bee keeping…just a new Sydney suburban to be bee keeper!!!

Do I need to tongue oil this hive???

Do I need to paint the roof with a weather proof paint or???

Advice would be much appreciated

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No just brush it on. It is not that tasty. :wink:

Just click on the magnifying thingie, top right corner, put “Tung Oil” in the search box. There is plenty on this.


Yes, without a doubt, paint with tongue oil a few coats. I also applied roofing silicone along the joints of the roof panels to keep rain out and that works a treat.