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  1. #1
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    Default Sealing the interior of a Dadant top feeder - what to use?

    Hi All,

    After experimenting with Brushy Mountain and Dadant brands, I bought 9 more Dadant top feeders for my backyard apiary because fewer bees drowned in the Dadant unit than the Brushy Mountain unit.

    Although I did not have this problem with the first Dadant unit I experimented with, many of the subsequent 9 units that I bought leaked. The Dadant wood is cypress and is unsealed. After a week of being filled with syrup, the side panels of the Dadant unit absorb enough liquid to warp and pull away from each other and cause leaks. The clear sealer Dadant smeared into the corners of each feeder was not able to maintain a seal in the face of such warpage. Interestingly, the Brushy Mountain unit had the interior surfaces waterproofed with a clear sealant.

    Is there some product I can paint/spray onto the interior wood surfaces to seal it and stop the warpage and which won't leach unsafe chemical into the syrup?

    Has anyone else experienced this warpage/leakage problem with Dadant top feeders and found an easy and cheap solution?

    TIA

    --shinbone
    --shinbone
    (3rd year, 14 hives, Zone 5b, 5400 ft, 15.8" annual rainfall)

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    Default Re: Sealing the interior of a Dadant top feeder - what to use?

    I use fiberglass resin works great.

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    Default Re: Sealing the interior of a Dadant top feeder - what to use?

    epoxy will work

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    Default Re: Sealing the interior of a Dadant top feeder - what to use?

    I sealed the inside of my wood feeder with melted Parowax.
    Don't provoke a hive full of angry bees.

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    Default Re: Sealing the interior of a Dadant top feeder - what to use?

    Fill with some bees wax
    David

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    Default Re: Sealing the interior of a Dadant top feeder - what to use?

    I used Camcote on my feeders that I made no leaks so far and it is food safe,you can get it from Brushy Mountain.
    http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com...-Camcotesm.jpg
    http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/searchprods.asp

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    Default Re: Sealing the interior of a Dadant top feeder - what to use?

    I used 100% silicone for mine. My dadant feeder leaked like a sieve last year when it was new. Cypress shouldn't swell much if at all. Mine didn't pull apart it just leaked at the seams.

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    Default Re: Sealing the interior of a Dadant top feeder - what to use?

    Thanks for all the replies;

    John R C - how did you apply that silicone? Roller? Thin it out and use a paint brush?

    The silicone I am familiar with from Ace Hardware is very viscous and looks like it would be hard to spread over large surface rather than use it to seal a joint.

    The info I read on Camcote makes it sound like it is intended to be used on metal. Anyone use it on wood?
    --shinbone
    (3rd year, 14 hives, Zone 5b, 5400 ft, 15.8" annual rainfall)

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