Top Bar Hive Starter Kit

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We’ve made it easy for you by bundling everything you need to get started with a top bar hive made from our most popular wood, including the favorite accessories at a significant discount over purchasing each item separately.

Choose your jacket size and glove size, and you're on your way to keeping bees!

Save at least $109 buying it as a starter kit. This top bar hive is made from the highest quality, clear, sustainable, FSC® certified Douglas Firour strongest, hardest, and most durable species. The full-length viewing window makes it easy to quickly check your bees with minimal disturbance.

If not in need of the whole kit, top bar hive kitsbeekeeping tool kitsTop-bar Beekeeping, and tung oil can all be purchased separately. Mix and match and save by adding any regular hive and beekeeping starter kit to your cart and use coupon code GETSTARTED to save 10%!


  • 1 Douglas Fir top bar hive with CNC cut ends and full-length viewing window
  • 28 foundationless top bars with wedge comb guides
  • 1 Douglas Fir dual hinging peaked roof with comb cut shingles
  • 4 precision milled Douglas Fir legs that support over 300lbs
  • 1 Douglas Fir solid bottom board
  • Stainless steel self-drilling screws for assembly of hive and roof
  • Ventilated beekeeping jacket with round veil
  • Ventilated beekeeping gloves
  • Stainless steel American-style smoker
  • Beekeeping brush 
  • Ultimate hive tool
  • Top-bar beekeeping book
  • 16oz of 100% pure Tung Oil
  • Assembly Guide

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    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.
    United States


    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.
    United States

    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!