Top Bar Hive

Redwood Top Bar Hive for beekeepers
sugar pine top bar hive front view roof open
sugar pine top bar hive front view roof open
Redwood Top Bar Hive for beekeepers
Redwood Top Bar Hive for beekeepers
Redwood Top Bar Hive for beekeepers
douglas fir top bar hive with open roof
douglas fir top bar hive with open roof front view
douglas fir close up of top bar hive entrance cover
douglas fir close up of top bar hive side end
douglas fir close up of top bar hive side end
sugar pine top bar hive back view roof open

Top Bar Hive

Regular price $500.00
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Responsibly harvested, FSC® certified premium California limited edition Redwood is naturally resistant to warping, shrinking, and cracking, and additionally kiln dried. This impressive, highly desired lumber is perfect for outdoor applications.

Redwood is rot-resistant, extremely durable, and beautiful when allowed to weather to gray or preserved with a few coats of tung oil. Redwood takes longer to mature than most other woods. Its natural tannins and oils make it even more resistant to pests and rot than Cedar (and its durability exceeds that of Cedar as well). Redwood top bar hives include a premium copper composite roof which can be reversed to white, should you wish.

Once these are gone, they are gone! Don't miss this small run these handsome, heritage quality Redwood hives.

Clear grain Douglas Fir offers exceptional toughness, beauty, and value and its strength is a benefit to the top bar hive’s longer sideboards, and sizable shingles. Since Douglas Fir is among the heaviest and hardest softwoods, its dense composition compliments the light lifting of single bars of honeycomb (5-7lbs), versus the heavy boxes of the Langstroth and Warre hives.

Product features of the Bee Built Top Bar hive.


  • FSC® certified sustainable clear Redwood or Douglas Fir
  • Moulded legs can easily be installed and leveled and support 300+ lbs
  • A roof that can hinge either direction
  • CNC cut ends with ventilation
  • Oval-shaped side & end entrances cut to the same volume as a standard Warre entrance
  • Black walnut entrance covers & window handle
  • 28 19" douglas fir top bars match the length of a standard Langstroth frame
  • 40" long hive body (all parts pre-drilled)
  • 45" long hinged roof with a shingled design for optimal rain runoff (Redwood hives include premium copper composite panels instead of wood)
  • 1 full-length viewing window lets you see the bees throughout the entire hive
  • Solid bottom board
  • Stainless steel screws
  • Assembly diagram and instructions


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

Read more about our new top bar hives on our Top Bar Hive Frequently Asked Questions page.

Customer Reviews

Based on 135 reviews
Hive Going STRONG Since 2011

We purchased our top-bar hive from you back in 2011. We gave it two coats of paint and added a metal corrugated panel over the roof to insure the hive stays dry and no rain gets in. We captured and installed a local swam here in San Diego, and the bees have been going gangbusters ever since. The bees are very happy with the hive and so are we!

Kevin S.

Is very nice, would buy another. Be nice to have a bottom board that would drop open with screen in it for ventilation.

Joseph R.
Top Bar

Perfect condition upon delivery. Well designed and an easy build. I decided to stain the entire hive and it took the stain well and now looks like a work of art. Thanks

Raoul C.
Very Good Hive

Very good overall. Assembly was very easy. Roof ridge board was warped, but a replacement board arrived within 4 days. Shipping was unbelievably fast. I did,however, reinforced the roof with a 1 x 2in straps in the middle. I also replaced the hinge pins with machine screws and nuts for sturdier operation. Overall, everything looks works great!

Wanted: Horizontal Langstroth Hive

We purchased one of the original Bee Thinking TBHs. It has been going strong for 7 years and we have been very happy with it.

What we are looking for in our next hive is a horizontal Langstroth with cavity dimensions that will accommodate Flow frames for easy honey extraction. Please consider building a horizontal hive that will accommodate foundationless Langstroth frames and Flow frames... It would combine the best of what top-bar and Langstroth hives each have to offer!

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