your where i was last year at this time! im going into this first winter with 2 tbh 2 langs and one long hive. im glad i did all three because i learned i reeeealy prefer horizontal to vertical beekeeping. youll get excellant advice from above posters and others. you can also search past postings for days. that above photo was from an article about bottomless beekeeping,the author didnt seem to concerned with it. be advized that starter strips are just guides and without supervision they may not keep things as neat as we want them. once a week inspections and a little bit of tasty management keeps combs under control.
all that is gold does not glitter