Re: Top Bar Hive - using dowels to strebgthen comb?
ezra, is it real hot up on those roofs? Is that why you are have this problem or concern? If you are going to the trouble of adding dowels, why don't you just make frames and wire them? The bees will work the wires into the comb, or the comb so that the wires are embedded, easier than a 1/8 inch dowel. I would imagine.
Then there are the Langstroth hives w/out foundation in the frames.
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