Two Nucs, Two Different Linseed Oil Treatments

In the spring of 2016 I made a medium super and sealed it with a mixture of beeswax and linseed oil.

I used the super for a few months over the summer and then took it out of rotation.

I was very pleased at how well it seemed to hold up in the rain, sun and weather, even if it were only for a few months.

I made two nuc boxes this week in preparation for the spring splits, and decided to brand them with my bee brand and then seal them with linseed oil.

The one on the left is made with box joints and the one on the right is a simple butt joint box. Both boxes are glued together. The one on the left is nailed, and the one on the right is screwed.

The box on the left is made with the same recipe as before (with beeswax) and the one on the right is pure linseed oil only (no beeswax).

With the beeswax one (on the left) the mixture dried almost on contact, presumably because the wax cooled very quickly when spread thin. The one without beeswax seemed to allow the oil to soak into the fiber of the wood before it dried, creating a deeper color in the wood.

In the springtime, I'll use these two nucs, side by side, when I make spring splits, and we'll see how they hold up for a long period of time, and compare the use of wax versus no-wax in the recipe. 

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Robin says...
Date:   December 31, 2016, 7:01 am

Your bee brand always makes me smile.   I checked my bees last week and all 4 colonies are alive.   We'll see what the rest of winter brings.

Mark Martin says...
Date:   January 12, 2017, 8:51 am

I like your experimentation here (and the bee brand is totally cool).  In the future you need to make 4 nucs.  Two of each construction style and apply your mixtures to those sets to see if the construction makes any difference on the absorbtion and durability!!  =)

Tami Vanderwilt says...
Date:   May 28, 2017, 8:49 am

I'm looking for your post about making mouse guards but I'm not having any luck in finding it. Can you steer me in the right direction?

Thanks. Great blog.

Chris (Show Me The Honey) says...
Date:   May 31, 2017, 12:20 pm

Here's an article I did about wood vs metal mouse guards.

I don't have an article on actually making them, I took a stock wooden guard from the bee supplier, measured the size and replicated on my table saw using scrap pine. 

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