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    Default Exterior finish- Tung oil safe for bees?

    Hello, I'm a first year bee keeper and, after getting my first langstroth hive well underway in late April, have just completed a KTBH.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ezrahug...7624181259474/

    I'd like to keep the exterior a natural wood finish and i've read up on linseed oil/bees wax but I really want to use Tung oil (made by Minwax so i believe it's not 100% tung oil) as i've had great results in other wood working projects. Does anyone know how bees would react to an exterior treated tung oil finished hive provided i let the finish air for a few days before hiving the new bees?

    Open to suggestions,

    thanks,

    EMH
    Last edited by ezrahug; 06-01-2010 at 08:40 AM. Reason: add pix

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    Default Re: Exterior finish- Tung oil safe for bees?

    I was thinking of using tung on mine also, don't see why it wouldn't work.

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    Default Re: Exterior finish- Tung oil safe for bees?

    I'm concerned that the offgassing of the tungoil may screw with the bees pheramone communication. I know it makes me light headed

    perhaps a few days between finish and inserting new bees would be enough. Thoughts?

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    Default Re: Exterior finish- Tung oil safe for bees?

    couple days airing, it'll be fine. whats on the outside only matters to the beekeeper. good luck,mike
    "Wine is a constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy" Ben Franklin

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    Default Re: Exterior finish- Tung oil safe for bees?

    That was the validation I was looking for. Thanks, mike!

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    Default Re: Exterior finish- Tung oil safe for bees?

    Let the sun bake all the volatiles out for a day. Tung oil finish at Home Depot and Lowes has chemicals not in original tung oil. If it was pure it would be food safe and it says on what I read "do not swallow or use near food." I make cutting boards and the discount store finishes are not usable in the kitchen. It will be fine for the outside of your hive.

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    Default Re: Exterior finish- Tung oil safe for bees?

    I use tung oil, i just got done applying Tung oil on 2 deep hive bodies and 3 supers. It keeps the natural look for sure, makes the hive look good!!

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    Default Re: Exterior finish- Tung oil safe for bees?

    Success! As of day 3 the bees are happy with their home:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBM0sNuStFc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVbCdvEp8Qc

    Thanks for all the advice!

    EMH

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    Default Re: Exterior finish- Tung oil safe for bees?

    Thats a pretty nice cluster of bees you got there ezrahug!!!

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