i was wanting to use hot glue to hold the paint stirers in the groves in my top bars. i got 2 months for it to off gass. i am going to cover it with bees wax but i want a good strong bond. maby wood glue would be better?
We would need a million dollar scientific study to determine which glue is stronger. I have used hot glue in cardboard nuc boxes with no apparent problems. I have used hot glue, wood glue and gorilla glue with no apparent problems. Hot glue would be good if the stick was not tight in the groove.
i used hot glue on some foundationless frames this year to adhere the pop sticks. worked fine. once the bees draw the comb they attached it to the top bar anyway, the sticks are just a guide. good luck
I have not used thin strips of wood as a starter. You have to cut a grove for the popcicle stick, I just pour melted wax into the grove, done. The bees take to it just fine Of late I rip a 2X to 1", rip it again to 1", wiich is ripped again (twice) to a 40+ degree angle by 1/2" notch the ends, gives me a top bar with a built-in started and a 3/8" drop, used for shims.
As for glue; any carpenter glue works fine, water proof, better, fastset to speed up drying.
My 2 cents.
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