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What is considered the optimum spacing between combs (brood) and honey if different?
Been researching here with a lot of great information found, but unable to find answer.
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Possibly because there is no one answer.

If your bees prefentially build small cell (4.9 mm), the ideal spacing is 31 mm wide bars.

However most bees do not build small cell they build larger, around 5.1 to 5.3. In that case a bar spacing of 31 mm may make the bees more prone to cross combing, and a bar spacing of 33 mm to 35 mm is better.

That's in the brood nest. In honey storage areas in wild hives, they have a comb spacing of up to 45 mm.

However for simplicity, and the ability to exchange bars from one area of the hive to another, it's best to have all the bars the same width.

So a good general compromise that works in pretty much every situation, a bar width of 33 mm to 35 mm is most convenient all round.

That's my 2 cents attempt at a fully explained answer.
 

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Thank you Oldtimer.
2cents well spent.
That is exactly what I was wanting to know. Wild vs- Built hive and why!
 

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My experience having tried everything from 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" is that they prefer 1 1/4" for brood and 1 1/2" for honey. I use about half and half. Natural brood comb I've measured many times and it varies from 1 1/8" to 1 3/8" with most of it 1 1/4". If you are into metric, 1 1/8"=30mm 1 1/4"=32mm 1 3/8"=35mm 1 1/2"=38mm
 

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Thank you for the additional information! Especially the wild dimensions. Tons of research/study at present, but looking to 2020 for Top Bar build and first hive.
 

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I'm not sure it makes much difference as my bee's build brood on 1 1/4 & 1 1/2 inch bars. They put honey where they want to also. And they sometimes stick comb together at the top on the 1 1/2 inch bars.
 

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I'm not sure it makes much difference as my bee's build brood on 1 1/4 & 1 1/2 inch bars. They put honey where they want to also. And they sometimes stick comb together at the top on the 1 1/2 inch bars.
Thank you for your input. My primary goal is to NOT cause them to work their entire lives fixing a major mistake that I've made due to not asking the correct question! Your input/experience is greatly appreciated.
I have complete confidence the bees have multiple millennia better knowledge than I do regarding their needs.
 
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