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Preservative on beehives

I am wondering what, if any, preserative other beekeepers are using on their beehives.I have done searches on various Association sites in Ireland and the UK but no particular product readily available( or so it seems to me ) has been recommended.
Any ideas/recommendations?

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hey ya, i to spent weeks

hey ya,

i to spent weeks looking into this aswell. i had heard of a wood preservative called Cuprinol. i emailed them and they said they didnt have any insecticide free stuff, but i have since found the following:




so there r beekeepers out there using this stuff and it seems to be ok. i to decided to use it but you have to give 6/8 weeks for the stuff to dry in fully, probably to late to use now if you decide to use it your self

you could also try beeswax dissolved in linseed oil, that seems to work quiet well to

hope this helps!

Belmont Bees
Kevink, Thank you for the

Thank you for the reply and the information. i will have a look!

Belmont Bees

Hi, I've been using Cuprinol

Hi, I've been using Cuprinol Clear for the last couple of years - two coats and then a wood stain called sikkens. it seems to work well. give the boxes a couple of weeks in a dry, well aired place to ensure that there's no residue and you should be ok. The only absolute requirement is to make sure you don't coat the inside of the hive and to minimise any seeping on the top edges of the boxes. In the past beekeepers used a variety of lead based gloss paints as protection (same paints as house paints) - didn't harm the bees at all.

Best of luck!

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Hi, I recently constructed my


I recently constructed my first hive using 18mm Marine Ply. As I was concerned with the same issue i mulled it over for a few days, then I remembered...

Linseed Oil

A light application and I left it for a few days... completely natural and perfectly safe.
It will require further treatment in the future but it's no hassle really.