Re: Reading about bees in North Carolina
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Since you haven't put any bees in that TBH yet, you could consider using a horizontal hive sized to accept Lang frames. Here is an example:
One benefit is that standard frames fit, which means you can trade (or buy) frames from other beekeepers relatively easily. Also, horizontal hives can accept a standard super if you want to do that. You always have the option of removing frames one at a time from those supers.
Please note that I'm not trying to talk you out of a TBH - I started with TBHs and still have one, along with more standard Langs, but a horizontal hive makes it easier to trade resources.
USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft