|Project by SASmith||posted 08-02-2011 02:09 AM||7312 views||7 times favorited||11 comments|
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
• 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 Smith, Southern Illinois