Re: Used hive boxes
I've done it a few times. I never reuse frames but if the boxes are in good shape, I refurbish them. Here's what I do:
- Roughly scrape old comb, propolis, peeling paint, etc., from the boxes...inside and out.
- Check for and note any knot holes, splits, loose joints, etc.
- Scrub the boxes, inside and out with a mix of TSP, bleach and Simple Green. The Simple Green helps get rid of the grime, the bleach helps disinfect and the TSP preps the boxes for repainting.
- Dry well and then scorch the insides well with a propane torch
- Repair loose joints, fill knot holes (or man made holes used for ventilation) with body filler
- Sand as needed
- Prime and paint
If the boxes were home made, check to make sure they are of a standard size. Every once in a while, they'll be an odd box and it can be difficult to work with. I've had a few of those and I made them into box covers for my pail feeders. I don't care much about any wax moth damage I come across but if there are old frame rests in the boxes, I pull those out to get all the junk cleaned out from underneath them.
If I'm concerned at all, I junk the box or paint the inside as well to better seal anything in the wood.
So far, no problems at all other than a lot of work! Most of the ones I got were in good to excellent shape and virtually free so the time was worth it.
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