You've provided me with some good information. I have
wondered about the slanted sides and I am glad to hear
from someone who has tried it.
Best wishes -keep in touch.
Leon Adams(my friends call me Chief Lee)
--- Robert <beebiz43@...
> Hello Everyone,
> I just thought you might like to know that I have
> posted some links
> to some sites that I found very helpful while
> learning about TBH's.
> You can find them by clicking on "Links" on the left
> side of your
> screen, then click on the folder named "beebiz43's
> TBH Links." I
> hope you find these sites as helpful as I have.
> After literally hours upon hours of reading about
> the TBH's, I have
> come to some conclusions about them. First, the
> only crucial
> measurement in the TBH is the width of the top bars
> themselves. They
> should be between 1 1/4" and 1 3/8". I'll have to
> leave the metric
> conversions to you all! Second, straight sides seem
> to be just as
> good as the slanted sides and makes the hive a lot
> easier to build.
> Third, not having to rotate hive bodies and carry
> supers filled with
> honey like you do with Langstroth hives, the TBH's
> are a lot easier
> to manage and not near as hard on a person's back.
> Fourth, because
> the bees naturally build a smaller comb when no
> foundation is used,
> the bees don't seem to be quite as susceptible to
> many of the
> diseases and pests. And finally, a beekeeper can
> build a TBH as
> simple or as elaborate, as attractive or as ugly as
> he/she likes...
> the bees don't care as long as the top bars are the
> right width!
> Case in point, I've even seen a TBH that was created
> out of an old,
> non-working refrigerator! These conclusions are
> what influenced me
> to start keeping my bees in TBH's and not Langs this
> Anyway, good luck with your bees and remember to
> have fun along the
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