There are a lot of threads with this information and that is why I am a bit confused about it. I think I would like to do the 1¼ for brood thing and the 1½ for honey thing. Should this be half for brood and half for honey or a different ratio?There is a lot of threads on width/style, just search. In general 1 3/8ths seams to be the norm. However: many use 1 1/4 for brood then 1 3/8 and/or 1 1/2 for honey. So go figure:scratch: I have one TBH (X 4') with all 1 3/8 bars, my other two use 1" bars w/ 3/" spacers.
My two cents worth.
So, what I think one of the things you are trying to say to me is that I need to make by box at least 48 inches long? Is that right? My 24 inch long box will not hold enough honey to support a colony of bees?in my case, I use the 1 1/4 and 1 1/2 bars. 1 for 1 so equal number of bars.
a 48" long tbh is a rough equiv to 2 deeps. some folks use the 'it takes 1 frame/bar of honey to raise 1 bar/frame of brood. also, if you consider that it will take may 60 or more pounds of honey to survive winter and assuming that each fully drawn and filled top bar will weigh maybe 5 pounds, that's at least 12 bars of honey you need available.
just my own little 2 cent.
:thumbsup::thumbsup:I've had luck using 1" bars and 1/4" spacers in the brood area and 3/8" spacers in the honey area. I think your hive might be a little short and prone to swarming. The advantage to the spacers is it allows you to super the hive quite easily by just pulling out the appropriate # of spacers. Further, you can build a super to fit your hive and use a couple of honey bars to bait the super to get them up into it. I use top entrances and when I super I make the entrance through the super to ensure the bees are in it.