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Dipping empty hive bodies in a melted wax mixture is a method of boiling out some of the water in lumber and replacing some of that water with wax. Note that beeswax alone is generally considered too soft when cooled, so generally dips are combinations of waxes/rosins. In some cases the wax dipped bodies are also painted after dipping, while still warm.

http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?317864-Woodenware-HOT-dipped-in-WAX-and-ROSIN
http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?210110-Hot-Dipping-Tank
http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?239142-Minimum-amout-of-rosin-for-wax-dipping-hives

There is a PDF document on dipping linked post #18 (and linked again in post #35 :))
http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?262493-Hot-Dipping-Tank-design
As of April 2017, the link in #18 is dead, while the link in post #35 is still viable. Here is a direct link to the source of the PDF:
https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/01-051

Photos in these threads:
http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?309101-My-wax-dipping-tank-setup
http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?210430-dip-tanks

A video in this one:
http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?277349-Wax-Dipping-Boxes-amp-Hive-Parts

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