You can use pretty much any material for a TBH and by looking at it no one will know what it is. People identify vertical langstroth hives with beekeeping. The fact that teh tbh is different is pretty good obfuscation al;ready. Just don't put it in the middle of the front yard where people can watch you holding up several combs of brood with cluads of bees around your head. A full size tbh should be fine, and you probably want a full size hive so you can get at least a taste of honey no and again. The honey from 2 of my hives produces almost enough honey for personal consumption. That's how much we eat. We go through about 3-5 lbs a week easy with everything we do with it. Tea and cooking and whatever else.
Scot Mc Pherson<br />McPherson Family Honey Farms<br />Davenport, IA<br />BeeWiki: <a href=\"http://beewiki.linuxfromscratch.org\" target=\"_blank\">http://beewiki.linuxfromscratch.org</a> <br /><br />Pics:<br /> <a href=\"http://linuxfromscratch.org/~scot/pics/bees/\" target=\"_blank\">http://linuxfromscratch.org/~scot/pics/bees/</a>