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  1. #1
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    Default Top bar hive top bar supplier?

    I have seen the beveled topbars on the net but for some reason the people selling them are anti lang and make them shorter than 19 inches on purpose so lang frames dont fit. We bought a top bar hive that takes a 19 inch top bar, we dont have a table saw to make our own. Does anyone sell beveled top bars 19 inches long? I also want to use them in nucs to form comb and then put in the top bar hive, it would be great to have them interchangable. Regular Lang tops dont seem to be wide enough to allow for bee space, I could just glue the bottom to the side but them I am creating nice places for SHB to hide.

    WVMJ
    Meadmaking with WVMJ at Meads and Elderberry Winemaking

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Top bar hive top bar supplier?

    I believe most plans for TBH call for a 17" top bar. I may be wrong. That's probably why you can't find many suppliers.
    Of course the 17" top bars fit PERFECTLY into a lang frame! lol
    Real convenient when "borrowing" brood to a lang.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Top bar hive top bar supplier?

    They draw out on our 19 inch bars perfectly, I would think that the little bit extra comb and the ability to interchange would have been good ideas, make it easier for people to adapt lang to top bars might have been a good idea and get more people to try them. WVMJ
    Meadmaking with WVMJ at Meads and Elderberry Winemaking

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    Default Re: Top bar hive top bar supplier?

    I think Cacklewack sells bars. I bet he'd custom make them for you. You can find him on this forum.

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    Portland, OR, USA
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    Default Re: Top bar hive top bar supplier?

    I spoke to WVMJ earlier. We do sell bars, but they are 17.5" long. Our manufacturer isn't keen on running anything less than 2-3k bars at a time, sadly.

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    Default Re: Top bar hive top bar supplier?

    Perhaps you could find a neighbor with a table-saw, or even rent one for a day at a Home Depot or somesuch. (Portable saws used by contractors for that matter aren't that expensive ...) We made many dozens of bars in just a couple of hours:
    • Cut to length.
    • Rip to width.
    • Run a shallow kerf-line down the middle (so a popsicle-stick sits about halfway in).
    • Run a perpendicular shallow kerf-line on one end at the place where the bar would normally sit on the edge of the side-panel, so that the bar naturally "clicks" into place and tends to remain properly perpendicular until the bees glue it down. (This last bit was our improvement. Putting a kerf at both ends isn't necessary.)


    As you can see we used popsicle-sticks wood-glued into the slot as our guide, and kept the carpentry as simple as we could figure out to make it.

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