I have two full flow hives I have recently assembled and they look awesome. I am in Utah and winters here generally require two brood boxes. I purchased two more brood boxes and am now considering my wood treatment options. I instally wanted to use tung oil to bring out the red cedar color, but in researching hot wax dipping I was lured it long lasting benefits. I found a local contact to do the hot wax dipping, so I won’t be trying it myself.
So my questions: Is WRC (Western Red Cedar) already weather resistant enough that just applying tung oil is sufficient? Would hot wax dipping be overkill? Does tung oil look better over time?
My understanding of hot wax dipping is that it lasts 10-15 years (depending on the environment). How often does tung oil need to be reapplied?
Thank you for your input. I really appreciate it!