Well, I am aware it will not be necessary to plant things in the yard to the extent planned. However, the size of it is more for me and my wife to enjoy by sitting down in a bench amongst it all and simply enjoy it.
Now something I did find interesting was a Top Bar with a Warre at one end for honey supers. I also saw a Top Bar with straight sides instead of sloped, Tanzanian I think it’s called, and it had for strips a 1 1/4 inch strip with 1/4 inch spacers and had at either side as guide going down 1 inch.
I am thinking about combining the straight sided Top Bar, adding at the back a Warre too for honey supers, and making it all out of 2” common pine boards (untreated) but making the front entrance/exit area and bottom board out of 1” instead of 2”. My thinking is thicker wood means better insulation. I am also thinking to make the Top Bar part the standard dimensions of a langstroth brood chamber, to accommodate starting off with a “nuc” and then carry this dimension through with Top Bar frames, then go down on either ends an inch or two as a guide for the bees. Eventually cycling out the 4 sided standard frame in favor of using the other frames. As for the Warre part on the back, it would have a queen excluder on the bottom and would be the standard top to a Warre box and it could be added on later in the season. Whatever is in the warre part in spring would be what I harvest for myself.
What I want to know, is this something that could work? And if so, how many frames do I need to make the Top Bar part itself? Keep in mind, I would never harvest from the Top Bar part, only the warre part on the back. Also, in early to mid spring I would remove all but on or two of each of the most full and newest combs in the hive. Honey, brood, pollen, and nectar being the ones I’m referring to. The idea is to have new combs built each year, and I would setup two feeders inside the entrance to help them build new combs. Should I attempt this or stick with a regular top Bar with straight sides?
Here is what I’m wanting to customize or hybridize if that is even a word.