Top Bar Hive

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Our top bar hives are precision milled in Portland, Oregon using FSC certified, sustainable Western Red Cedar or sugar pine. The wood is kiln dried, smoothed and full 1" thick on the hive body. Built using all screw construction, our hives provide superior strength and longevity. All components pre-drilled for quick assembly. Ships free to the contiguous 48 states -- international shipping available.


  • 42" long cedar top bar hive (all parts pre-drilled)
  • 48" long hinged roof 
  • 28 17 1/2"x1 3/8" sugar pine one piece top bars with comb guides
  • 2 divider boards
  • 1 42"x5" viewing window
  • 4 leg, lap joint stand for strength and stability
  • 3 bungs (Entrance reducers) and 3 corks (Ventilation reducers)
  • Assembly instructions, screws and bolts


  • Aluminum composite roof panels that last a lifetime and help minimize temperature fluctuations in your hive. Available in silver or copper color
  • Screened bottom with two inserts (one for each side) for improved ventilation

Tools required

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

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Grant J.
United States

Looks great

Can't wait to give it as a X-mas gift!!

Mark Burgess
Central Indiana

I have a small problem with the roof

Hive arrived on time, it was very easy to assemble. The only problem I have had is over the summer when it got in the upper 80s outside all of my girls wanted to hang on the front of my hive. not a problem until i needed to do an inspection. There is nothing to stop the roof from pinching the girls on the front of the hive. I ended up taking a small piece of chain and making a stop so the the roof didn't pinch the front and kill my bees hope this will help so nobody else has to loose any bees


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Virginia D.

I love my new top

I love my new top bar hive! It is very intelligently designed and has many features that my homemade version doesn't have. I bought the un-assembled model, the directions were clear and easy to follow. I also bought a set of plans to hopefully make another one or two at a lower expense. I really like the observation window, it is so much easier to see what is going on without distrubing the hive. Being able to see which bars I need to move makes manipulation so much quicker. I also really appreciate not having to lift off the roof to get at the bars. My only wish, is that it would take a standard Lang bar, this would make it compatible for those transitioning from langs to TBH. My home made TBH accept Lang bars, and I like that feature very much. I realize that it would increase both cost of materials and shipping, but might be well worth it. I wonder if Beethinking has considered offering an Eco-Bottom for this model. I am thinking about attempting making one that can be latched onto my Beethinking hive. I have a screened bottom and am hoping things like Varroa and Small Hive Beetles could fall through the screen and down into the wood chips and environment that the Eco-bottom would hold.

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