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  1. #1
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    I just found a great deal on the ever so hard to find gum rosin. I just got my order of 55lbs in a nice round container a few days ago. It was delivered by Fed X for a total cost of $112.50.
    I bought it from Mann Lake the first time but this saved me around $40.00.

    The website is http://pdmchemicals.com/
    Just call the 1-800 number and tell them want you want.

    Here are some pictures of my hive dipping operation.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/

    I hope this is helpful to everyone.

    Bruce

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    Which of the rosins did you get?
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    I followed this lead and found that pdmchemicals only sells by the pallet.

    They directed me to J.H Calo, Inc. where I dealt with Katie A. Brown <[email protected]>
    and bought one 55lb sack of Brazilian Gum Rosin.

    Katie was great to work with, and I'm a happy customer.

    Patrick

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    They used to sell by the bag when this was posted. I guess they were getting too many calls for a bag.
    Home of the ventilated and sting resistant Ultra Breeze bee suits and jackets
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    Default Re: Gum Rosin supplier

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Scannell View Post
    I followed this lead and found that pdmchemicals only sells by the pallet.

    They directed me to J.H Calo, Inc. where I dealt with Katie A. Brown <[email protected]>
    and bought one 55lb sack of Brazilian Gum Rosin.

    Katie was great to work with, and I'm a happy customer.

    Patrick
    Patrick,

    thanks for the pointer. I just bought a 55 lb sack of Brazilian Gum Rosin from JH Calco from Marjorie - $85.43 plus shipping. Very nice to deal with.

    -fafrd

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    I just ordered a 55 lb sack from this Co. for $1.70 a lb plus shipping. Beats the $2.59 Mann Lake wanted.

    Johnny
    "Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." - Mark Twain

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    Default Re: Gum Rosin supplier

    Sorry to sound ignorant what are you using it for?

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    I have made a bunch of wooden frame feeders and need to dip them in parrafin and rosin to seal them.

    Johnny
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    Default Re: Gum Rosin supplier

    Also, some beekeepers dip entire hive bodies in the paraffin/rosin mix to seal them from the weather. An earlier thread with more info on this:

    https://www.beesource.com/forums/show...e-Dipping-Tank
    Note the links offered in several posts in that thread, and particularly the PDF offered in post #19.
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    I dipped over a hundred deeps, westerns, migratory bottoms and lids this spring. I used perhaps 20 pounds of wax (soaked into the wood and dripped on the ground etc, not the whole amount in the tank) and could not be happier with the look of the wooden ware and the total lack of ANY weathering at all. This fall I am going to build a larger tank that will hold two boxes at a time and heat it electrically with a P.I.D. Controller so I can skip the two hour warmup.

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    Default Re: Gum Rosin supplier

    Has anyone tried dipping plywood? I want to dip some tops made of plywood.

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    Give the Griners down in Patterson GA a stab.
    They have Resin

    http://www.diamondgforestproducts.com/index.html

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    I like your tank. Where did you buy it?

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    Got tank, paraffin, microcrystalline. Thinking of using 80% paraffin, 15% microcrystalline, and 5% rosin mix. Looking for an update on best/cheapest place to get 50-100lbs of gum rosin. Any thoughts on suppliers and recent prices paid? Thanks.

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    Default Re: Gum Rosin supplier

    Where are you located? I had Mann Lake bring me rosin to one of the trade shows, so no shipping costs. Diamond G was the best price if I were to pay shipping.

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    Thanks for reply. I'm in NH so closest Mann Lake is PA. Likely will have it shipped. Diamond G is asking $194 for 50 lbs including shipping. I'll check out Mann Lake's price.

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    Mann Lake is about $2.64 per lb. Sold in 25lb cases for $65. That is the unshipped price.

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    Thank you! Appreciate the tips. Best regards....

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    In my opinion, I think you would be much more satisfied with a mix of microcrystalline wax which as a melt point of approximately 180 degrees and paraffin wax in which the cheapest type has a melt point of approximately 130 degrees. Paraffin and gum rosin has a very slippery feel to it especially in hot weather. The reason gum rosin has been used in the past it because paraffin does not bond well to wood and rosin does. Microcyristalline wax does bond well to wood and again in my opinion provides a much better final product with the woodware that does not tend to get greasy and soft in hot weather. I plan to experiment with gradually blending in bees wax in the future since it has a melt point of approximately 147 degrees. There may be other drawbacks to it that I am not aware of yet but I think it is worth a try.

    I get my wax here:

    https://www.candlemaking.com/candlem...rystaline.html

    https://www.candlemaking.com/best-se...60lb-case.html

    https://www.candlemaking.com/candlem...i-purpose.html

    That is not to say there is anything wrong with paraffin and gum rosin. It has worked well for a long time. Cory at Ohio Bee Box Company has been using it but l believe he plans to change over to microcyristalline wax and paraffin once he has exhausted his current stocks to gum rosin.
    Last edited by Live Oak; 03-18-2019 at 11:44 AM.

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    Thanks for the advice and links. Will mull over... I ordered recycled white zero fragrance paraffin wax at $0.84/lb (at 1000lbs quantity) and recycled microcrystalline wax at $1.75 /lb at 200lb quantity from New England Industries JC Danczak division in Chicopee MA. Tel# 800-831-3220. There is better pricing for larger lots and it is more expensive for smaller lots. This does not include shipping. They are about 2 hours away and I'll be picking it up with my truck.

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