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  1. #41
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Austin, Texas, USA

    Default Re: Trying to decide between Top Bar and Langstroth

    Quote Originally Posted by gflack71 View Post
    Thanks for sharing. Lots of good points! Any recommends for books or websites to learn more about Top Bar Hives?
    One of my favorite TBH books is still the old Peace Corps manual "Small Scale Beekeeping" written by Curtis Gentry.

  2. #42
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Clover, WV

    Default Re: Trying to decide between Top Bar and Langstroth

    I have built a couple of top bar hives that now have bees in them, and a few dozen Lang boxes and nucs. The top bar setups are much nicer to look at, in my opinion, but not as practical (check out the album in my profile.) This is my first winter, and time will tell what ones make it, but Langs are a better choice for my situation. I would also advise choosing one box size, either medium or deep, and only have one size frame. Some advise getting Langs because of matching what fellow beekeepers around you will have. That part doesn't really apply to me, but it might for you. The ability to break down the hive into ten frame sections is handy, especially for moving bees around.

    For my situation, nearly all of my bees are from cutouts, and the langs are much easier to handle and move. We did a cutout 30' high in a top bar 8 frame nuc, which had frames to band the comb into, and it was a nightmare. I think Michael Bush advises not to buy a ton of gear based on a system you have not tried and proven. This is sound advice, so you can change your setup to your liking without having a bunch of equipment laying around that you no longer use.

    All of my top bar gear is getting put on craigslist, maybe even tonight, because I just built another dozen medium boxes and need to order more frames.

    Enjoy yourself.
    John Sampson-Tucker County, WV
    Starting over. >Back up to 9 hives! All cutouts and swarms.

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