100% Pure Tung Oil - 8-oz. Bottle with Flip Top

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100% Pure Tung Oil - 8-oz. Bottle with Flip Top

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It’s not mandatory that you apply any type of finish to the exterior of your hive. Cedar withstands the elements quite well in its natural state (it won’t rot), although it turns gray, develops fine cracks and loses its "new" appearance over time. However, after years of using this product on our own hives and receiving lots of feedback from our customers who have also used it, we feel that there is strong anecdotal evidence which suggests that using this non-toxic, food-safe, 100% pure tung oil to finish your hive’s exterior not only keeps your hive looking new much longer; it also significantly increases the winter survival rates of the bee colony inside. This is likely because by protecting the hive’s exterior from rain and snow, the R-value (insulation) of the wood is constantly maintained and humidity levels inside the hive are reduced. This keeps your bees warmer and drier, while also reducing the amount of stores they consume. One 8-Oz. bottle is enough to protect one hive (two hive bodies, the roof and the floor assembly) with 2 coats, although a total of 4 coats is preferred. Each additional hive body you have will require about 1 ounce per coat. The first coat can be made to penetrate the wood more deeply by thinning with equal parts of citrus solvent. Click here to learn more about this product and for detailed instructions on how to finish your hives.

NOTE: It is very difficult to find this product in your local stores. Most "Tung oil" available in stores, like Minwax or Formby's brands, are actually petroleum-based varnishes that contain little tung oil or even none at all. Those products are not recommended for finishing your hives.