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  1. #1
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    Please pardon the questions from a newbie.

    Is it really a problem if I at least prime the inside surfaces as well as the outside surfaces of the supers? I like the idea of sealing the wood to try to prevent rot. Then I would paint only the edges and outside.

    Will the bees not like it or will the bees seal it enough anyway, etc.?

    Thanks.
    BEE all you can BEE

  2. #2
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    Devils Lake, North Dakota
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    "Is it really a problem if I at least prime the inside surfaces as well as the outside surfaces of the supers?"

    It is not recommended, and it really is not
    needed. The interiors have never been an
    issue for me, including many very old used
    boxes I have. With the bees wax and propolis
    it preserves it without us.

    I paint the edges as they are a bit prone to
    rot.

    No questions require a pardon....

  3. #3
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    Sawyer, Michigan, USA
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    I agree with Sundance 100%
    The Busy Bee teaches two lessons: One is not to be idle and the other is not to get stung.

  4. #4
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    The bees are more accepting of bare wood and they will seal it anyway.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  5. #5
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    Thanks all.
    BEE all you can BEE

  6. #6
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    I have never sealed the inside of a box either but once bought a few boxes that had been varnished inside. They are a lot easier to scrape the burr comb in the honeyhouse when extracting. Can't say it would be worth the time and expense though and I definately wouldn't use an oil based product without allowing a lot of time to air out. Has anyone here tried the 3:1 parafin gum rosin dip? I have heard that they can get a bit tacky in the heat.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

  7. #7
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    Thanks all.
    BEE all you can BEE

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