After some research, I've decided to build two TBH. I have a bunch of old langstroth frames I acquired a few years ago along with a bunch of old hive bodies/supers. It seems to me that if I remove the side and bottom bars I have a top bar ready to go. Comments, critiques, and suggestions are more than welcome. In spite of my sn, I have a thick hide.
I am new to beekeeping but may I suggest building a Tanzanian style TBH? Using Langstroth demensions, I've built my TBH to accomodate medium frames and the ability to add 2 side-by-side medium supers on top. Using a follower board in the TBH, I can then divide it into 2 seperate vertical hives.
I will be using medium frames without modification. Meaning, I will not disassemble the frames, however, I will not use any foundation - for now.
This set up, to me, seems to have the most options.
- I can use regular TBH style "Bars" or the med depth Langstroth complete frames.
-you can run one horizontal hive, or two horizontal nucs using a follower (divider) board.
-you can run one or two vertical hives by simply adding langstroth supers on top.
either way you'll need to make a weatherproof lid.