Hive Temperature Winter

Lets make another “Can of worms” chart! There’s so many variables, you can not fairly say one hive is better or worse than another one but you can note and explain individual characteristics of each hive/box . The chart doesn’t make the comparison, it simply shows the sensor results. Variables to consider which make comparisons […]

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Coatings Test 2022

I’ve added a couple of new products to the list. Doug Irvine uses the Intergrain Heavy Duty finish on his finger joint boxes so I thought I’d give it a try. I’ve also recently been trying the Weatherfast Poly Clear and it seems quite good. The best long lasting coating is exterior white paint but […]

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Sensors and Data Logging

This article is about the sensors, not specific boxes or tests. There will be other articles that follow the progress of particular boxes in more detail. The Sensors Sensors I’ve used here are called: INKBIRD Bluetooth Temp Humidity Sensor Digital Data Logger Thermometer Recorder. These sell at $35 each (April 2022 – price has gone […]

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Wood Sample Testing

Wood Sample Test – Exposure to the elements I thought i’d throw a few samples of different wood together for some weather exposure tests. Alex of Spicers Hollow Native Bees is trialing some Paulownia and donated a few left over samples and also some PVC board that some box makers use, the rest of the […]

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Moisture Content & Wood Hives

This article is about moisture content and wood only, not humidity conditions for bee colonies. Woodworkers will want their timber to be well dried before making furniture. They’ll aim for a Moisture Content (MC) around 6 – 10% in the timber. A live standing tree would be considered to be 100% moisture content. Wood will […]

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Varnish & Oil Coatings

Just out of interest I’m testing some of the finishes I have collected for various projects over the years, including some light duty oil mixtures, linseed Oil, Tung Oil to marine grade varnishes and clear coats. Of course we already know that if you want a long lasting protective finish you just use exterior paint. […]

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Timbers for Hives

What kind of timber should you use for making Native Bee boxes? Most people will just be using what ever they have or are familiar with which is ok. I’ve used Hoop Pine, Cypress, Cedar, Victorian Ash and they all have made nice boxes. The Cedar is very soft and easy on the tools where […]

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