Top-Bar Hive Starter Kit

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This item is in high demand! Feel free to order now, but know that the hive will most likely arrive separately and earlier than many of the tools in this kit which won't ship until spring. Thanks for your understanding!
  • 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.

  • Click here for hive assembly instructions!
  • Includes

    • 41 3/4" long top bar hive (all parts pre-drilled)
    • 48" long hinged roof
    • 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) 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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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

Blake B.

Loved it! Best quality!

Loved it! Best quality!

Stefania D.

The top bar hive needed

The top bar hive needed a little sanding to smooth it out a little. But that was fairly easy to do with some fine 300 grit sand paper. I did it right before coating it with tung oil, and it turned out pretty nicely. Also, one of the top bars where the bees attach their combs was splintered when it arrived, but customer service is very good at replacing any broken or missing pieces. All considered, this is a well made product, and looks great in my backyard. I got the copper panels for the roof, and it adds a nice touch to the hive. I would definitely recommend this starter kit to anyone who is looking into starting their own beehive, and still needs all of the supplies that go along with beekeeping.

Robert G.

I like it so far-

I like it so far- bees have been in for about 2 weeks, cannot check on them b/c it has not stopped raining. took a while to figure out the roof was hinged- I thought you had to keep lifting it off- you should explain that( not being critical just tying to help you out- also was I suppose to put spacer nails to separate the bars- I did not, but as I think about it, small finishing nails would have been great had I thought of it It would have given the bars more stability & there would not have been a wide space at the second section. I didn't have any instructions on these 2 items so I winged it

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