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  1. #1
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    Default Is carbolinuem iv safe for hives?

    Recently purchased a can of carbolineum iv at a beekeeping supply store. This is the first time I had ever seen this coating for sale at a beek supply store. The company claims they have removed the penta and arsenicals and the can says it can be used on beehive crates. The website says the product is a blend of two original oils now. Does anyone else use this or have any other information to provide?

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    Default Re: Is carbolinuem iv safe for hives?

    Never used it (I've always used paint. The company makes it hard to get to the MSDS sheet for it but I found it buried deep in their Canadian website. It is basically petroleum hydrocarbons (oil compounds,) acetone, propane and mineral spirits.

    The product data sheet says it takes 2 weeks to dry and dries to an oily finish. Does that mean your hands will be gummy from the oil and dirt every time you pick up a box?

    Wayne

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Is carbolinuem iv safe for hives?

    I doubt very seriously that if it was purchased from a reputable bee store that it would be toxic to bees or not safe for honey supers etc. etc.
    Honeydew

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Is carbolinuem iv safe for hives?

    I doubt it , too. Liability is an ugly word that shop would just as soon avoid, I'm sure.
    Willi

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Is carbolinuem iv safe for hives?

    Historically it was used only on hive stands, in the same manner as creosote would be used. I would not put it on anything that bee lived in.

    Crazy Roland

  6. #6
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    Santa Fe, NM
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    Default Re: Is carbolinuem iv safe for hives?

    I have used nothing but Eco Wood Organic Wood Treatment on all my supers, tops and bottoms for 5 years now with great success. One time lifetime application, and 100% organic and non-toxic. Spray, brush or dip. Wish I would have found it years ago, sure beats painting and toxic dips.

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