Ordered my first spring order of new equipment and decided to try a Top Bar Hive. Honeybee Habitat has some of the best prices I have found. I will post on the quality of the products when I receive them.
Honeybee Habitat, in cooperation with Beeline Apiaries and Woodenware, has completed development of what they believe to be the best top bar hive on the market, at the best price! The hive is made of white pine and is approx 4 ft long. It comes with a well-supported gabled rooftop that is covered in thick white aluminum. It comes with a follower board – sometimes called a false-back that can help control the space the colony is using. It has a heavy duty professional screened bottom board that runs the entire length of the hive. It also has a mite board that slides easily in the bottom. This can assist in ventilation techniques as well as mite counts. It comes with 14 brood top bars that are 19″ x 1 3/8″ thick that can be uses in the brood area of the hive. The remaining 14 bars are 19 x 1 5/8″ and can be used as the honey production bars. The hive is specifically dimensioned to allow interoperability with Langstroth Deep hive bodies.