Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 21 to 25 of 25
  1. #21
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Meadows of Dan, Virginia, United States
    Posts
    194

    Default Re: Wooden Hive Top Feeder

    Quote Originally Posted by Nu-Bee View Post
    Have you noticed any ill effects on the exposed wood by the sugar syrup, like mold, mildew, or rot. I'm not sure how long unprotected wood will last.
    When the bees are feeding heavily, they empty the feeders quickly and there is no residue. However, when they stop feeding (such as when it is too cold and I have left the feeders on) I get some mold/mildew. It's easy enough to clean off with warm water and a scrub brush. I never had any issues with rotting. On the outside of the feeder I get some weathering of the wood over time, but that's normal for any woodenware. Time for a new coat of paint.

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Jefferson Co, TX
    Posts
    584

    Default Re: Wooden Hive Top Feeder

    Spar varish. Coat the whole thing one good layer (2 or 3 thin layers) then sprayed the seams heavily and tilled the box making it run around the seams. Stuff lasts forever (several years) on outdoor stuff and has not become a problem after a few months.
    Started 9/13, building slowly, now @ 7 Lang hives + 5 nucs, and treatment style not decided yet

  3. #23
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Ft Myers, Fl 33967
    Posts
    161

    Default Re: Wooden Hive Top Feeder

    Heat mineral oil and bees wax or parafin in a double boiler until all the wax melts, Pour it in a bottle and let it cool. Coat the wood with it and it will be waterproof. Coat the feeder with it and it will seal the joints.

  4. #24
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Amanda, Ohio, USA
    Posts
    17

    Default Re: Wooden Hive Top Feeder

    If anyone is still following this post I chose to use the fiberglass resin. It was easy to use and dried hard and sealed well, with no leaks. The smell of the resin during the application can be a bit overwhelming if you don't have proper ventilation. Once cured properly ther was not any noticible odor. I feel it was a good choice.

  5. #25
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Lakeland, Florida
    Posts
    349

    Default Re: Wooden Hive Top Feeder

    image.jpgAll this sounds like a lot of work. Look up fatbeeman feeder with a no leak milk jug. It uses a mesh ladder and a chute for bee access and can easily hold a gal or more. This design is very adaptable in size. Nuc, 10frme,8,whatever. No need for resins and polyesters and all that. Just use a plastic jug. I use a gal ice cream container. Seem to have a lot of those around my house.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Ads