Scorched Hive Bodies

Discussion in 'Beekeeping' started by Russ_NEPA, Nov 10, 2006.

  1. Russ_NEPA

    Russ_NEPA Well-Known Member

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    Alleyyooper, did I see right in the post on pails? It looks like the interior of your deep is charred black. I don't recall ever reading about charring wood hives. Just curious.
     
  2. james dilley

    james dilley Well-Known Member Supporter

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    It is A practice that helps get rid of Hive beetles and Wax moths.
     

  3. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    I bought a bunch of used hives at a couple of auction sales. Not knowing why there were no bees I scorched them inside and out to kill any American Foul Brood (afb) spores that might have been in the wood. After I scorch them, I sand both the inside and outside, I stain the insides with transparent stain I get at Home Depot as OOP's stuff for $5.00 a gallon. The out side I stain a solid color stain I get the same place at the same price.

    I paid $2.00 for this stack of hive bodies, inter covers and some outer covers and bottom boards. There were also a lot of new frames with new foundation.
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    I paid $80.00 for this bunch of stuff at the second auction. Included a whole truck load of 1 & 2 pound honey skep glass jars.

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    Ive used nearly every thing up except some honey supers.

    :D Al
     
  4. Mutti

    Mutti Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Sure beats the bee suit we got for $5 at an auction! Sure enjoy when you post pictures. DEE
     
  5. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    Why do you like the pictures.
     
  6. Sunmo

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    ally,

    I think those pictures are cool too, for a couple of reasons:

    1) There's more snow in your pictures than I'll get in two years.
    2) It shows a great perspective of what $2 will buy in MN. It doesn't go quite as far in WA.
    3) I got to get to better auctions.

    I use Home Depot oops paint too, but I don't stain the inside. Should I?

    My hives are all charactorized by vibrant different colors. If I get a white hive, it gets painted.
     
  7. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    I didn't stain my first scorched hive and they had the new foundation and comb looking like coal in a month.
    Just got lucky with those two auctions I guess. Went to one last spring and a kelly 2 frame extractor sold for $275.00 an small Kelly smoker went for $23.00.
    Went to one just a month or so ago and a double brood box withno frames sold for $130.00 You wouldn't believe what 3 unassembled hives sold for. I could get a half dozen from Kellies and still have money left.

    Were in Michigan. We do get snow though.

    :D Al