TBH Top Bar Dimension question
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  1. #1
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    Default TBH Top Bar Dimension question

    My dad just made me a nice TBH but he made all the bars 1" which I know is narrower than most. Will these work okay?

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    Default Re: TBH Top Bar Dimension question

    You may need to consider spacers between the bars (or glue the spacers to the bars). My bars are 2 sizes: 1 3/8 and 1 5/8. They bees build brood and honey comb on both, although they are supposed to use the 1 3/8 for brood. I don't know that the 1" would be too small for them to have adequate bee space to hatch their brood.

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    Default Re: TBH Top Bar Dimension question

    Quote Originally Posted by JClaunch View Post
    My dad just made me a nice TBH but he made all the bars 1" which I know is narrower than most. Will these work okay?
    Cut a bunch of spacers half 3/8 inch and the other half 5/8 or cut the spacers 3/8 X 5/8.

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    Default Re: TBH Top Bar Dimension question

    This will be my first time with a TBH, will the 1" give them enough room to build comb and the spacers give them the room to build it to the thickness they like?

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    Default Re: TBH Top Bar Dimension question

    Quote Originally Posted by JClaunch View Post
    This will be my first time with a TBH, will the 1" give them enough room to build comb and the spacers give them the room to build it to the thickness they like?
    The top bar of a lang frame is around 1 inch.

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    Default Re: TBH Top Bar Dimension question

    Quote Originally Posted by Cabin View Post
    The top bar of a lang frame is around 1 inch.
    The end frame is wider than that inch and spaces the top bar for bee space.

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    Default Re: TBH Top Bar Dimension question

    Quote Originally Posted by foxC View Post
    The end frame is wider than that inch and spaces the top bar for bee space.
    I know. His question had included the use of spacers.

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    Default Re: TBH Top Bar Dimension question

    I would make a bunch of 1/4" spacers. Take the number of bars times about 1 1/2 and make that many... put 1/4" in the brood nest and add more when they start to build fatter comb.
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    Default Re: TBH Top Bar Dimension question

    Know that when you add the spacers, the bees will attach them to the 1" bars on either side of them. They will not be loose.

    I noticed that you are from Alabama. A lot of people will say that top bar hives are illegal in Alabama, but that isn't true. Just make sure your bees build their comb straight and correct it if they don't. The state inspectors want to be able to remove each bar without tearing up any comb.

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