Top Bar Beehive

Raising bees not only provides you with the freshest honey, it also gives your fruit and vegetable garden plenty of pollinators for increased harvests. The simple design of this top bar beehive allows combs to be inspected and harvested one at a time, creating minimal disturbance to the hive. Unlike stacked-style beehives, the top bar beehive does not require heavy lifting, and it comes with a stand so you can care for it without stooping. Hive and stand are crafted of untreated Western red cedar that is naturally rot- and pest-resistant. 1"-thick boards provide substantial insulation. Rustproof galvanized metal lid facilitates water run-off. Simple to use and harvest-no extractors, frames or extra boxes required. Top bar design allows bees to build their own combs. Follower boards allow you to expand hive as needed. Hinged roof provides easy access. 29" x 5" hinged viewing window allows inspection and observation without disturbing bees. Three side entrance holes; undesired entrances may be plugged with provided bungs. Some assembly required. Lid comes fully assembled. Hive: 44" x 17" x 10 3/4" high overall. Stand: 35" x 22 1/2" x 30 1/2". Includes 28 top bars, 2 follower boards, 3 bungs, 3 corks and galvanized metal screws. Bees not included. Made in USA.
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724ilb
November 24, 2012
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BeeThinking Top-Bar Hive
November 24, 2012
This top-bar hive is very well constructed and just the right size... not too small and not too big.
The thick cedar wood offers excellent insulation from both heat and cold, and will last a very long time. We gave ours two coats of paint to protect it even more.
The viewing window is great. It allows us to check on the bees without disturbing them.
We collected a swarm for our hive by placing a "swarm removal ad" on Craigslist. Our feral bees have been very healthy and we haven't used any chemicals in the hive.
We provide a clean water source for our bees, and protect them from Argentine ants and yellow jackets.
Be sure to leave all the honey for your bees the first year. Then take only a few bars in late spring, leaving a surplus for winter. Take one comb at a time, cut it from the bar and replace the bar for the bees to build more comb.
"The Thinking Beekeeper: A Guide to Natural Beekeeping in Top Bar Hives" is a good primer.
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724ilb
Posted July 21, 2014
Re: Bottom
Yes, the manufacturer, BeeThinking, does make the top-bar hive with the option of either a solid or screened bottom. I believe the model sold here is only with the solid bottom.
I live in a warm climate, and researched whether to get the screened bottom for heat and mites, but in the end decided to go with the solid bottom because Argentine ants are a big challenge here.
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elguy
Atlanta, GA
Posted July 15, 2014
Bottom
Could you tell me if the bottom of this hive is closed wood or is there any form of wire mesh in the bottom to allow for ventilation?
Thanks for the review - very helpful.
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724ilb
Posted January 23, 2014
A reply to "youandme"
Yes, this hive can be used in colder climates.
Chapter 7 of "The Thinking Beekeeper" explains how to "overwinter" your top-bar hive to insulate against cold. The author of the book overwinters her top-bar hives in Maine, which gets VERY cold.
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youandme
desert, nevada
Posted January 16, 2014
winter cold
Hi!
Would this beehive provide enough insulation for winter temps to -10 *F?
Thanks!
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