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Author Topic: Defining Top Bar Hives  (Read 1294 times)
SlickMick
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« on: September 22, 2009, 07:02:12 AM »

So how do we define a top bar hive?

Is it any hive that uses bars across the top of the hive instead of frames or is it more involved than that?

Can a vertical "conventional" hive be a top bar hive if it uses bars with starter strips instead of frames and foundation for example?

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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2009, 09:13:19 PM »

I think the most accurate name would be "top bar only" hives.  All hives have top bars...
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2009, 03:18:51 AM »

You are correct of course, Michael. I suppose I was wondering if TBH's are just generally classified as horizontal hives of if there is consideration of including the vertically stacked hive with top bars (only).

Are there beeks out there who work with vertically stacked hives using top bars only?

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On the outer Barcoo where the churches are few,
   And men of religion are scanty,
On a road never cross'd 'cept by folk that are lost,
   One Michael Magee had a shanty.

Now this Mike was the dad of a ten-year-old lad,
   Plump, healthy, and stoutly conditioned;
He was strong as the best, but poor Mike had no rest
   For the youngster had never been christened,
A BUSH CHRISTENING - A.B. "Banjo" Paterson http://www.middlemiss.org/lit/authors/patersonab/poetry/christen.html
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2009, 08:55:57 AM »

Slick,
Here is an example of what you are asking. The Warre hive is a perfect example. TBH with a stacked configuration.

Below that is a TBH comb from my trench style hive. Although I do super above my trench style hive with standard supers so I can extract them. And of course the standard Kenyan TBH with the sloped comb. Not really what you were asking for, but maybe this helps those who are new on these issues.





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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2009, 06:11:38 PM »

That's a lovely looking hive.

And the comb is just superb

I imagine you would have to crush and strain as I could not imagine it standing up to extractors

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On the outer Barcoo where the churches are few,
   And men of religion are scanty,
On a road never cross'd 'cept by folk that are lost,
   One Michael Magee had a shanty.

Now this Mike was the dad of a ten-year-old lad,
   Plump, healthy, and stoutly conditioned;
He was strong as the best, but poor Mike had no rest
   For the youngster had never been christened,
A BUSH CHRISTENING - A.B. "Banjo" Paterson http://www.middlemiss.org/lit/authors/patersonab/poetry/christen.html
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