Hi all, I'm mainly a top bar hive keeper but as I'm looking for outyards to increase my numbers, I feel that top bars will be difficult to manage on an irregular basis. I happen to have a black cherry tree cut into rounds with various thicknesses from 14 to 24 inches in diameter. I'd love to make log hives out of them using my top bars to start them with nucs. I'd like to keep them treatment free and replace dead outs with either other log hives or my top bar shook swarms. If successful over years, I'll graft from some of these log hives to repopulate the rest of my hives. In that way I was planning on easing into treatment free until I get the numbers that I feel are sustainable. The log hives would be managed as langstroths with brood logs on the bottom that are rarely if ever inspected, and honey supers on top that are harvested by the box. The main things holding me back from this plan are 1) the weight of these logs and 2) hollowing them out without a chainsaw. I think I'll buy a chain saw and cut them in 4 pieces to hollow out a rectangular hollow, then screw them back together. Has anyone tried managing log hives for honey production without using frames? Is my choice of wood a poor choice for this endeavor?