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Catalpa hive bodies dipped in molten paraffin

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Project by SASmith posted 08-02-2011 02:09 AM 4434 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is what is left of my last batch(18) of hive bodies. The corners have rabbets reinforced with kehoe dovetail splines and no metal fasteners to corrode. Water shedding handles cut on the tablesaw. Each hive body is dipped in 300 degree paraffin which causes moisture in the wood to boil out. The moisture that boils out is replaced with paraffin as the box cools. Pic 5 shows the top of my dipping tank. I have to use another box to keep the box being dipped from floating.

More info on dipping: http://www.queenrightcolonies.com/uploads/HotWaxDippingofBeehives.pdf (not my site)
An excerpt from the above pdf:
“There are two reasons why apiarists hot wax dip hive parts. They
are to:
• preserve wooden hive parts so that they are protected from the
effects of weather, fungi and other causes of decay
• sterilize hive parts salvaged from hives infected with the honey
bee brood disease, American foulbrood.”
And I will add another reason to the above quote:

So I don’t have to paint these boxes.

Scott

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois





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crank49

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#1 posted 08-02-2011 02:24 AM

I could think of another.

So you have wood protected without toxic chemicals that could kill your bees or contaminate the honey.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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ksSlim

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#2 posted 08-02-2011 02:50 AM

?Would using bee’s wax for the weather-proofing cause the hive to “harvest” the available wax? Or, after heating, are the volitile hydrocarbons in paraffins a threat to bees?

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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eebdoow

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#3 posted 08-02-2011 03:04 AM

Very nice, I will look at the attached article and do the same. Been a bee keeper for a while and thought of doing just that many times. Thanks for the post!

-- Chris, Oak Grove, MO

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BTKS

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#4 posted 08-02-2011 08:55 PM

Thanks for the post! I’ve started bee keeping this year and hope to find a way to avoid foul brood up front! Wonder if this will work with black locust? Don’t see why not! This one went straight to favorites.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Cinch123

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#5 posted 08-02-2011 09:11 PM

Can you explain how you did the handles on the table saw? I’m getting ready to build a couple hives and I’d like to avoid going with sticker handles.

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SASmith

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#6 posted 08-03-2011 01:26 AM

ksSlim: Would using bee’s wax for the weather-proofing cause the hive to “harvest” the available wax?
There is no available wax. The wax soaks into the wood. I don’t know about the hydrocarbons.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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SASmith

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#7 posted 08-03-2011 01:39 AM

eebdoow: Go for it. I figure it takes about 1/4 -1/2 pound of wax per deep. You can see in the pic my tank has a box inside the tank. This displaces 50+ pounds of wax. The box inside the tank is open on the bottom and the opening is where I put my turkey fryer burner. I contains the heat this way and melts the wax from the sides. If you have a big tank that is not hollow in the middle and heat it from the bottom you can have trouble with the molten wax expanding and having nowhere to go because of the hard wax on the top. Paraffin expands when hot way more than I thought it would.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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SASmith

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#8 posted 08-03-2011 01:42 AM

BTKS: I think the locust would work well. It is somewhat rot resistant like catalpa. With the wax it will last that much longer.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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mafe

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#9 posted 08-03-2011 03:08 PM

They are beautiful.
I love the handles, how do you cut those on a slope?
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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SASmith

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#10 posted 08-03-2011 10:39 PM

Cinch123 & mafe I will take some pics of the jig used next time I make these boxes.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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SASmith

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#11 posted 04-03-2012 11:50 PM

Here is the construction blog.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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