Anybody tried using this for top feeders? Does it work on wood?
I have a few 10 frame top feeder with the plastic insert, but can't find nuc feeders for a price I like. So I build my own (wooden box) but then was stalled on how to seal it. I'm sure I could use a beeswax coating or something on the inside, but fear this would fail in cold weather, which of course is primarily when I'm feeding, and don't want liquid dripping on the bees.
I picked up some Bondo fiberglass epoxy at Lowes for about $15/qt. It says it will work on wood, and by golly it did! But it still smells pretty strong. I haven't liquid tested it yet, as I still need to fix up a few of the corners where I messed up the fiberglass cloth, but I think it will work. It doesn't say it's food grade, but I did some reading on line and found several people who used it for fish tanks with no problems. My wife is an avid fish keeper, so I've learned they are pretty anal about what goes in their tanks, like most of us are about what goes in our hives!
Anyway, I just stumbled across the Camcoat in Mann Lake's catalog, and then found several posts that folks had used it to patch up old rusty extractors and the like. But has anyone used it on wood? Heck if it has decent UV protection, I'd be inclined to use it to paint the exterior of my boxes instead of standard latex paint. It may be a little more expensive than the $5/gallon "oops" paint at Lowes, but if I never have to repaint, EVER, that might be worth something too!