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There is more than one kind of top bar and each has it's challenges. The Kenyan with sloping sides is the trickiest. It would be easier on you, IMHO, to start with a longhive, 48" long and the same inside size as a Langstroth deep frame. You can then use bars or frames or both in the same hive. I've built and used both kinds and just from the standpoint of ease to make and use, the longhive is better..My bars have sides (dowels) and some have bottoms. If you plan to mechanically extract you need both and if you go foundationless you need at least 3 wires per each bar. Where I use standard frames I use a cover like a political plastic sign to keep the girls down in the box. Good luck and Happy Beekeeping...It's a real adventure.
 
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