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  1. #1
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    Default TBH Designs Wanted

    If you have a Top Bar Hive that is somewhat unique and not like any of the hives listed here (http://www.beesource.com/resources/e...-hive-designs/) and would like to have it included on this page, please contact me so I can give you the details of what I'd need from you.
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    Mine is available for free here - http://www.lulu.com/product/ebook/ho...r-hive/6288193
    The Barefoot Beekeeper http://www.biobees.com

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    Default Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    I used the plans in the August 2010 issue of Bee Culture Magazine then added a couple of small details after watching some videos on youtube. It turned out perfect as far as design. I just hope the Bees think so. I had some old cypress fence planks I used for the long sides.http://www2.netdoor.com/~jwh/tbh.JPG
    Last edited by Wits End; 08-24-2010 at 11:46 AM. Reason: add link

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    Default Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    Check out my hive design at http://kenny61.wordpress.com/

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    Default Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    that's what I found

    on this blog one on google Sketchup



    http://home.comcast.net/%7Ebeekeeper23/TBH.htm
    http://www.top-bar-hive.com/my-beehi...r-hive-design/
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beestopbarhives.htm
    http://www.ccdemo.info/GardenBees/KTBH.html


    no real science for the angles : from 0° (or 90°) (Tanzanian type) to 15°, 15.5°, 22°, 22.5° or 25° or 28.5° and 30° I couldn't find any with more than 30°

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    Default Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    Ive built that design and im leary of ever putting another TBH on legs as ive had one sink into the mud and mess up my hive with a bunch of fallen comb

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    Default Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    I would like a copy of these plans

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    Default Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    Quote Originally Posted by kenny61 View Post
    Ive built that design and im leary of ever putting another TBH on legs as ive had one sink into the mud and mess up my hive with a bunch of fallen comb
    I use legs on most of mine. I use my scrap lumber under the legs when leveling the hive. It won't sink then. Frost heaves may move them a little but they won't sink and they are much more enjoyable to work.

    Mike

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    Default Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    My end result of skills and ideas learned.

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    Default Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    Quote Originally Posted by greengecko View Post
    I'm preparing to start keeping bees this spring and have been looking at TBH's. This one is pretty interesting for sure.

    I'm looking to go Tanzanian-style for the simple purpose of being able to put Lang supers on top and even use foundationless frames in the horizontal.

    This model gave me some good ideas for the build. Thanks for posting it!

    dude

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    Default Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    I'm a civil engineer, so I am constantly tinkering, so I have several TBH design plans, but .... I've only been beekeeping for several years and I don't know if the designs will make the bees happy, but ... I'd be happy to share and even happier to have a knowledgeable person correct. My email is crfield@comcast.net.

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    Default Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    I would like to see your plans if you can pm them to me. Rodger
    rwckdc@dishmail.net

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    Default Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    Here is a design I have been working on.
    http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehou...c2&prevstart=0

    I hope to have it built early this Spring. I designed a type of top bar "open frame" to help support the combs and hopefully help the bees keep them straight and aligned. I will let you know if it works.

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    Default Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    hey WildB. I love the design. The frames are a great idea. I keep asking people to make suggestions about my designs but no one ever does, but I have some suggestions for yours (if it won't piss you off). (really don't want to cause offense)
    1. It seems tall. Might be easier to lift lid and frames if they are a hip level
    2. if you made the landing board flat you could use a boardman feeder
    3. deeper frames would mean having mess with the bees less often
    4. the gable vents would work better if there were corresponding soffit vents. (I'm in a hot climate to venting the attic is critical)
    5. I'd use some sort of plastic for the bottom board (maybe Plexiglas) so that it doesn't warp and get stuck (yes that's a personal experience)
    Anyway thanks for sharing

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    Smile Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    Hey Zonker, where can I look at your designs? I like seeing other people's ideas and concepts.
    Thanks for the comments. The stand can be made to any height to suite the user. There are soffit openings for venting. I didn't mention them, but if you angle down or zoom into the roof you will see there is a continuous slot opening under the soffit. The plexiglass tray does sound like a good idea, it would stand up to moisture better too. If it was clear you could even look through it to check out the hive without opening and creating a draft.

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    Default Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    Of course you can see my designs! I've been trying to get someone knowledgeable to review them for a couple of years. I have two designs. A traditional Kenyan TBH which is sort of tricky to build if your not a woodworker and Tanzanian Hive which you can slap together in a hour in an emergency.

    New at the forum thing but hopefully this link will work - http://www.box.net/shared/hkefz3qcic

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    Default Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    If you put frames in a hive, it ceases to be a top bar hive, by definition. All you have is a long hive, with frames.
    The Barefoot Beekeeper http://www.biobees.com

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    Default Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    I am a true novice and will defer to your expertise in the matter of the "top bar" definition. The side dowels and bottom bar that make up my "open frames" are completely optional and only to help support the comb structures to minimize comb failures. There is no foundation, so the combs within the frames would be completely bee made. I have just read a lot of people having comb failures with traditional top bar designs and thought a support structure attached to the top bar might help.

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    Default Re: TBH Designs Wanted

    Here is a Warre inspired hive design that can use plain top bars or the custom T bars I designed for additional comb support. I am not a big fan of popsicle sticks.

    http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehou...1d&prevstart=0

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