Re: Newbie Top Bar Questions
I live in Wa state also, just north of you in the Everett area. I've been keeping bees in "Chandler size" TBH's for 9 years. The biggest issue we have with TBH's is the moisture in the hives during winter. I've eliminated most of this by making sure the bottom of the hive can drain (screened holes) and placing my entrance holes toward the top of the hive at the end. I also have a screened vent at the oposite or "back" end of the hive.
Regarding "wider" or "taller" combs, I'm not sure it really matter too much since we don't have hot summers. In warmer climate I would be inclined to say shorter combs for more strength.
Beekeeper? Shoot, my bees keep me!
100 hives in Western Wa State