Tanzanian Top Bar Hive Plan

The Idea

The Details


These plans were drafted using Google Sketchup, a free 3D CAD program. It’s intuitive and is quickly mastered. With it you can enlarge, rotate, manipulate, measure, section, and edit in any fashion you choose.

Each design is based on different criteria. Look them over and see why and how they differ. Most of my design criteria are based upon my location at Casper, Wyoming. It is a hostile place to keep bees.

Are these top bar hives suitable for your location? Not sure? Take a look at my Build and Hive Body pages before choosing a plan. These hives are not suitable for everyone.

Not quite suitable? That’s OK. Just use a plan as a template. Then alter it with Sketchup.


Some plans are designed to accommodate Langstroth deep frames. Langstroth frames vary is size by manufacturer and by country. Yours might be different than those I purchased from Western Bee Supply. So, if compatibility is important, measure your frames and make sure they will work.


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