Our Horizontal Top Bar hives are made from responsibly sourced UK grown western red cedar. All major joints are glued and screwed with stainless steel wood screws, nails or staples are not used anywhere in the construction.
The hive walls are a minimum of 25 mm or 1 Inch thick dependent on the manufacturing process. Each plank is machined from 30 mm thick Cedar to ensure that it is totally flat and warp free. The finished board thickness will vary from a minimum 25 to 28 mm.
Western Red cedar will last untreated for up to 25 years, and will turn a lovely slate grey colour over time. As most things in life, “if you look after it, it will look after you”
We recommend a couple of coats of raw linseed oil, (Not Boiled) preferably yearly. This will enhance the grain patterns in the wood and increase its durability.
The standard hive comes complete with 26 top bars with wedge shape comb guides. Two Follower boards, solid floor, Simple feeder bar, and gabled roof with aluminium ridge protection. Four 75mm x 50mm pine pressure treated legs are also standard.
The legs are secured in place with 8 stainless steel coach bolts, wing nuts and washers. The legs will require fixing to the hive body after delivery.