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  1. #1
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    Aug 2010
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    Champaign, IL, USA
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    Default TBH question

    if my top bars are not 1 and half width, shorter than that, more like 1 and 1/4, will that still be ok? or too short? Is the 1 and half very strick and important for the top bar hive?
    thanks

  2. #2
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    Essex, England, UK
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    Default Re: TBH question

    I say 1 and 1/4 is not wide enough for my bees in my location. I use 1 and 3/8 for brood bars but add spacers to make them 1 and 1/2 for honey storage comb. If your bars are not wide enough you may well end up with cross combing. Others may have different views depending on their own experiences.

  3. #3
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    Greensburg, Ky.
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    Default Re: TBH question

    I used 1x2's for my bars and i placed 1/4" to 1/2" spacers in between, it worked out great!

  4. #4
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    Aug 2002
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Default Re: TBH question

    Half of mine are 1 1/4" and that's what I recommend for brood. The other half are 1 1/2" which I'm using for honey. If you have 1/4" spacers you can easily space them to match what the bees decide to do by adding them here and there as needed.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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