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 most popular 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 screened bottom with stainless screen and bottom inserts
  • 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
  • 16oz of 100% pure Tung Oil

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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!

Lois D.
United States

Top Bar Hive

The hive is beautiful, looks lovely. It was easy to put together. Leveling was a breeze. Although, it would be nice if the veiwing window was optional.

Laura M.
United States

A Perfect Start

The top bar hive is very well made and went together very easily. This kit had everything I needed to get started.

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A Bee Built Customer
Fort Smith, AR

Great Hive!

This hive is amazing. It is really well constructed and very easy to assemble. I (and my bees) love how versatile it.