Top-Bar Hive Starter Kit

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  • Milled in Portland, Oregon and offered in FSC®  certified, sustainable, kiln-dried, Sugar Pine , this kit includes everything a new beekeeper needs to get started with a top bar hive. 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.

  • If not in need of the whole kit: Top bar hive kits, beekeeping tool kits, Top-Bar Beekeepingbook, and tung oil can all be purchased separately.

  • Click here for hive assembly instructions!

NOTE:   Our Western Red Cedar hives are made to order with a current lead time of 30-45 days. For quicker delivery, select Sugar Pine. For immediate shipment, select our Quick Ship hives.

  • Includes (all components pre-drilled)

    • 41 3/4" long top bar hive (all parts pre-drilled)
    • 48" long hinged Comb Cut Roof with precision milled shingles
    • 28 17 1/2" x 1 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" x 5" viewing window
    • 3 bungs (Entrance Reducers)
    • Stainless steel screws and bolts
    • Assembly diagram and instructions
    • Starter kit with gloves, stainless steel American smoker, veil, brush, and Ultimate Top Bar Hive Tool
    • Top-Bar Beekeeping book
    • Tung Oil, 8oz


    • 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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Cynthia L.
United States


I really like my Top Bar Hive from Bee Thinking. It was great!! I will definitely be ordering more...!!!

Lisa F.
United States

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Love my topbar hive! Had no trouble putting it together and anxious to get my bees in April! Thank you

Herman R.
United States

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But it looks very good ... Have not started on yet ... Covered up with getting ready for planting and fix stuff that needs repair but getting started. Everything looks as advertised.

Russell L.



Mike B.

Great construction and follow up

Great construction and follow up service. I already ordered another hive for next year to avoid the rush. Bee thinking staff (especially Emily) have been awesome with my varied questions. Thanks, Mike Anchorage, Alaska