Top-Bar Hive Starter Kit


  • Everything you need to get started with your first top bar hive, conveniently bundled together. The top bar hive starter kit is made up of our most popular top bar hive configuration, as well as the items most frequently purchased along with it by new beekeepers. Buying this kit saves you at least $46 off the items purchased separately. The top bar hive, beekeeping starter kit, Top-bar Beekeeping book, and tung oil can also be purchased individually if you don't need the whole kit.


    • 42" long cedar top bar hive (all parts pre-drilled)
    • 48" long hinged roof
    • 28 17 1/2"x1 3/8" one piece pine top bars with comb guides
    • 4 leg, lap joint stand and brace boards for convenient height and stability
    • 2 divider boards
    • 1 full-length, 42"x5" viewing window
    • 3 bungs (Entrance reducers) and 3 corks (Ventilation reducers)
    • Assembly instructions, screws and bolts
    • Starter kit with gloves, stainless steel American smoker, veil, brush,  and Ultimate Top Bar Hive Tool
    • Top-bar Beekeeping book
    • Tung Oil  


    • Upgrade the veil to a full jacket or full ventilated jacket

    Tools required

    • Drill or screwdriver with Phillips bit
    • Approximate assembly time: 60 minutes

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  • Jacket Sizing

    Small: 36"-38" chest (Fits most people 5'0"-5'7", 110-145lb)

    Medium: 40"-42" chest (Fits most people 5'5"-5-9", 135-165lb)

    Large: 44"-46" chest (Fits most people 5'8"-6'1", 155-200lb)

    Extra Large: 48"-50" chest (Fits most people 6'0"-6'5", 200-250lb)

    Jackets should not fit snugly. You will want some room inside the jacket should a honey bee end up inside with you! 

    Glove Sizing

    Gloves size is determined by measuring across the knuckles, not including the thumb (I.E. the widest point of the palm). You want your gloves to fit snugly as the leather will stretch slightly over time.

    2 1/2" - 2 3/4" Extra Small

    3" - 3 1/8" Small

    3 1/4" - 3 5/8" Medium

    3 3/4" - 4" Large

    4 1/4" - 4 1/2" Extra Large


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