Re: love my complete top-bar hive from www.honeybeehabit.com
I just got started beekeeping this year as well and after a lot of research went with the top bar hive. For backyard bee people it's the best one to go with. Sounds like you got your hive a great price. I took an old picnic table that we weren't using, cut the benches off, shortened the top, and it makes a great stand for the hive. It's sturdy, off the ground, and at a great height so that I don't have to bend over to work in it. This has been a very educational summer for me.
I could write a book about what I don't know.