Producing your own food is a great way to be self sufficient. One option that can provide you food to use for many applications is honey. Honey is a product that comes from bees. This means keeping bees in a hive at your home. You can easily purchase box style bee hives, but these are expensive. The best option will be to build some from scratch. One idea is a top bar bee hive.
Basic materials are needed to build a simple top bar bee hive. The premise of this bee hive is you have pieces of wood where the bees will build combs. Instead of slats, the combs are attached to the wood or bars that you can easily remove. The most important detail is getting the proper material to build a new top bar bee hive.
The materials needed to make a homemade bee hive can be found at most home improvement stores. A food safe 55-gallon drum is the most important item that is needed. You need a plastic drum as a metal drum will produce too much heat in the summer. A few tools will also be needed to build a top bar bee hive. A saw to cut both plastic and wood is essential. If you do not have a suitable tool, then you can buy one at a hardware store or home improvement store. Another solution is to see if you have any family member or friend who has one you can borrow. A tape measure may also be needed to build a top bar bee hive.
You may find that a few modifications can be made when you are working on this project. Any change you make will depend on various factors. This includes the design of the frame to the roof for your top bar bee hive.
Instructions to make a top bar bee hive are found on instructables.com here…