Designed and crafted by our friends at Backyardhive in Colorado, the Golden Mean Top Bar Hive was developed based on the Golden Mean Ratio after Corwin Bell saw how successful his colonies were when he built his hives with these proportions. Take 10% off with our code BEEBUILT.
Fully assembled top bar hive, ready for your bees
Crafted by expert woodworkers from sustainably sourced pine wood
Precision milled top bars with deep comb guides for the straightest combs (18)
False back/divider board
Hardwood spacers to allow for slightly wider honey combs
Front entrance with full landing board
Glass viewing window
Standard flat roof. Optional peaked and ventilated roof
We use only clear wood on our hives, meaning no knots are allowed.
Sugar Pine is our value wood option. Beautiful, strong, takes paint or sealant well, and is more stable and lighter than more common ponderosa pine.
Douglas fir is our most popular wood option. The hardest and strongest of our woods, it will withstand sharp hive tools and last for years with a coat of tung oil or paint.
Western Red Cedar is our premium wood option. It is rot resistant, dimensionally stable, insulates well, and doesn't require painting or sealing.
All of our wood is sustainably harvested and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified.
Langstroth hives are made to accommodate either 8-frames or 10-frames per box.
We offer our hives with or without frames that include removable, precision-milled foundation-less comb guides so the bees can build their own natural comb. If you want to use foundation, these frames include grooves to accept it.
Wood: Precision moulded, comb-cut shingles, and gabled roof with stainless steel hardware create superior rain runoff and longevity.
Composite Copper: The same roof frame and stainless steel hardware, but CNC cut composite copper material gives your hive a timeless look, and doesn't require any maintenance or painting.
Choose between deep hive boxes with CNC-cut windows on either side, with black walnut closures, or standard solid boxes without windows.
Top bars are Warre's original design, allowing your bees to build off of the precision-milled wedge. Combs will get attached to the sides of the box, so individual comb removal can be more difficult than with frames.
Four-sided frames allow your bees to build entirely within the frame and make comb removal easier. Comb guides in the top and bottom of the frame lead to straighter comb attachment.