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  1. #1
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    Default Hive construction question

    Hey there,

    I'm getting ready to build my first top bar hives and was wondering what are the best materials to use for the walls, floor and ends and why. I have 3 books on top bar hives and only one suggests pine, cedar or redwood but gives no reasons for that choice.

    Thanks for the help,

    Daniel

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    Default Re: Hive construction question

    price and availability

  3. #3
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    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: Hive construction question

    Welcome to Beesource!

    My opinion is that the best wood to use is free wood. If you are buying wood, these days redwood is unlikely to be "heartwood", and so has no significant longevity value. The same may apply to cedar, depending on your source. Pine is readily available, and generally the most affordable.

    If you haven't yet seen Michael Bush's Top Bar page, its worth a look:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beestopbarhives.htm
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Hive construction question

    Yes I have seen Michael Bush's site and I have his books. I'm using Magnum's master template dimensions without the landing boards and handles and Bush's top entrance, length, top bars and migratory cover. It should be a fun project for me next week. Also I will get a bit artistic and burn some pictures on the fronts.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Hive construction question

    I agree with Graham. Whatever you can get cheapest.

    Hank

  6. #6
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    Madisonville,TN
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    Default Re: Hive construction question

    Daniel
    I have five hives using Mangum's design, and it has worked out great! I have three hives made from scrap plywood, and two hives made from pine. I see no difference between the two hives at all, expect the plywood might be stronger. Welcome to bee source.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Hive construction question

    Make it so you can put (langstroth) supers on top. Also, put an entrance at each end for ventilation.

    Most Top Bar Hives are no where near long enough, and the bees will fill it up and then swarm unless you can put supers on top.

    That's why I'm making Long Lang Hives. You can use top bars in these if you want, but you can also use standard frames.

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