Let’s put it all together now! In this video Jacob shows you how to assemble all the pieces into your finished top bar hive, whether you’ve milled the pieces yourself or bought the top bar hive kit.

  • Glue the wax strips into your top bars
  • Assemble the box and roof
  • Attach the hive legs
  • Methods of finishing the hive

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Let’s put it all together now! In this video Jacob shows you how to assemble all the pieces into your finished top bar hive, whether you’ve milled the pieces yourself or bought the top bar hive kit.

  • Glue the wax strips into your top bars
  • Assemble the box and roof
  • Attach the hive legs
  • Methods of finishing the hive
Diane M. Ste-Anne, MB
Went to buy my equipment yesterday and ordered two colonies of carriolan. Today I will go and buy my material to build my first hive. Being beyond excited barely describes how I feel. I live near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Our temperature vary from one extreme to the other as in -40F winter and 104F in the summer. You explained you had changed the way the roof is built for very hot weather. My hives will be placed where they will have shade during the hottest time of the day and in the winter, they will have some kind of wind brace and will likely be covered as suggested by people, books who talked about our extreme cold. My question is as follow, 'Should I follow the roof plans with insulations, styrofoam as well as the two wooden spacers for ventilation or just do it without the insulation and the space bars?'
January 3, 2014 07:09
Jake K. ,
Diane,

Because it gets hot in the summer (104F) it would be good to put the styrofoam in the roof and spacers as shown. The only thing I would do differently is in the winter I would close the space at the end of the hive, under the roof with some balled newspaper or rags to keep the cold air out of the top of the hive. it would also be good to take a piece of wood and place it over most of the entrance to the hive, leaving only a small opening for the bees to come in and out. The entrance should only be about 1/2 inch tall and 1 inch wide in the winter. In the summer you will want there to be as much air space as possible, so you will want to take the entrance reducers out.
January 4, 2014 13:54
Gaines A. Salem, AR
What is a good paint or stain to use for the hive body? Also, do you paint/stain the inside of the hive and the bars?
June 20, 2014 15:24
Elisa L. Rowlett, TX
What paint can I use to paint my beehive? Do I add linseed to the paint?
April 2, 2015 13:31
Lisa D. Waco, TX
We'd recommend you use a white latex paint. And no, we would not add linseed to the paint.
April 9, 2015 10:09
Phil S. Santa Fe, TX
How many frames of honey do you leave for over-wintering the bees? I'm in the Galveston area of Texas.
May 29, 2015 06:07
Jake K. ,
You'll need to leave three combs of honey in the hive for the bees to overwinter.
May 29, 2015 09:56