Almond Thompson wrote:Anybody have any thoughts about the bars?
I'm a beekeeping newbie (newbee?) myself. In fact, I just got my first swarm this week!
I recently made my own Kenyan top bar hive, from all found materials, EXCEPT for the wood for the bars and follower boards. I bought new wood for those. I was advised that if those aren't straight, then the bees might try to fill in the cracks, which would make removing the top bars more difficult. Also the pattern of comb they build is dictated by the bar, so if it's not more or less straight, then the comb may not be. Not a huge deal, but may affect the comb's structural integrity when you remove it. It's also important to have the correct spacing between the bars, otherwise they might build comb between the bars, which also makes it difficult to use the bars the way they were designed.
I know Mother Nature don't like straight lines; nor do I, but in limited cases such as this, it seems to make sense.