Gold Star Honeybees manufactures high-quality, natural top bar beehive kits. Our premiere product is
the Deluxe Top Bar Hive kit. In the Deluxe kit, every part is included, down to the glass observation window, and all the beekeeper must do is assemble the hive -- using a screwdriver, and a staple gun. All the wooden parts in the Deluxe kit are made of solid wood - no laminates are used - especially crucial in the case of the Gold Star top bar. Our Deluxe Top Bar Hive kits come in two models. There's the New Englander Model, with its black roof for colder climates and the Arizona Model, with a white roof, for where it's warmer.
The top bar is the most important part of any top bar hive. We make our bars out of one solid piece of wood in order to prevent any of the issues that we know can occur in hives with top bars that use glue, nails or screws to hold two pieces together. There is a tremendous amount of heat and humidity inside a beehive, which can cause glue to fail, and nails or screws to loosen, shift, or give way altogether. In addition, many glues are toxic, and can off-gas poisonous fumes directly into the hive cavity.
At Gold Star Honeybees our one-piece top bar has a very steep point; which extends the entire length of the bar. This point functions as a guide for the bees - encouraging them to build their beeswax honeycomb centered on the bar, thus keeping the comb straight and making it simple and easy to remove the bar from the hive for inspection purposes. This long, pointed guide has proven to be far more effective than any other comb guide - it works really well.
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