Are you needing inspiration for that special gift? We have some Buzzy ideas for you – For the budding beekeeper what about our Beehive Starter Package? For the beekeeper who doesn’t like getting too hot – our smart new ventilated bee suit will be just the thing! And for the beekeeper who has everything – our […]

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It seems the honey industry is getting its fair share of media attention lately. Hive theft is always a newsworthy topic albeit a serious one. Those who do this should be dealt with suitably, (preferably with swift judgment by the hive occupants!) This crime is not always easy to prevent as hives are usually on […]

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Hive World NZ are the New Zealand distributors for Thomas Apiculture beekeeping equipment manufactured in France. We currently stock some of their unique products including “APIFUGE” an aerosol alternative for the smoker, and useful in forestry areas where there is a fire ban.  An aerosol attractant ” BEE CHARM” an efficient swarm lure and a […]

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Paraffin dipping wooden hive components is an excellent way to preserve the timber and is also a suitable way to sterilise them if they have been infected by AFB.

Hot dipped supers can be expected to last up to 10 years.

The key is to have the wax as hot as safely possible (150-160deg. C) so the wax penetrates the timber, and to leave the components in long enough to ensure they are heated right through.  (Normally approximately 5 minutes)

The Hive World dipping tank is designed to make this process as safe as possible but it is still a dangerous process.

–  do not let the wax overflow the tank

–  wear protective clothing

– ensure timber is as dry as possible as wet timber will cause the wax to froth up and overflow the tank

– always use a temperature gauge to ensure the wax does not overheat.

– do not go over 180 deg. C as wax has a flashpoint of around 200 deg. C.

– never apply water to a wax fire! Have an extinguisher handy.

It is also common practise to paint the boxes immediately after dipping while the timber is still hot; the paint is then sucked in to the hot timber as it cools.  It is difficult to paint the boxes after they are cool as the paint does not stick readily to paraffin wax.

If a hive has been infected with AFB, supers can effectively be sterilised by paraffin wax dipping.  In this case the timber must be immersed in the wax for a minimum of 10 minutes at a temperature of 150-160 deg. C.

See link to our Hiveworld Paraffin Dipping tank for a safe efficient way to do this.

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Hive World NZ have been appointed NZ agents for Viseco Spraying equipment from Germany. This equipment has been developed specifically for spraying hot wax and has been used in Europe and North America for many years. These spraying machines are excellent for coating plastic foundation and are suitable for anyone importing their own foundation or […]

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  Bee stings are an occupational hazard for beekeepers but most people sometime will experience the pain of a bee sting at some time in their life. As a child, I grew up in an urban area with a neighbour who had hives.  Standing on a bee was a common occurrence.  I do not have happy memories of bees, […]

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Check out our new toolbelt designed for beekeepers. This is the ultimate beekeepers accessory. Magnetic holder for your hive tool so no more ripped pockets or mislaid tools. Everything you use on the apiary site within easy reach. We also have two sizes of phone pouch available. Designed and manufactured in New Zealand. Tools […]

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Between the 12th and 20th day of a bees lifespan they form special wax producing glands in their abdomen. By eating the honey they convert the sugar in it to produce wax. Other bees then take the wax, chew it and mould it into the shape required. One bee will make 8 flakes of wax […]

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