It is relatively easy to find free wooden pallets and there you have the material for your hive :) Very cheap indeed and top bar hive beekeeping doesn't need any of the expensive gadgets used in conventional beekeeping. As a matter of fact you don't need anything at all used in conventional beekeeping; you need no smoker (use a plastic spray bottle instead with water in it), you need no expensive honey extractors (use crush and strain, crush the comb with your own hands and let the honey strain through your kitchen colander), you need no hive tool (use a long kitchen knife), you need no queen excluders, no room for extra equipment, no bee suit (its enough to buy a cheap black mosquito net used for fishing placed over any kind of hat), no need to buy wax foundations (bees have built natural comb without foundations for more than 40 million years), you will not need to buy sugar to feed to the bees (bees have survived on their own honey for more than 40 million years, just leave them enough), no need for the un-sustainable frame wire, etc ... Be wise and choose natural top bar beekeeping, for the bees sake and that of our environment too. Thank you :)
It takes a bit time to dismantle the pallets and remove all the nails without damaging the planks. When dismantling pallets ALWAYS start with removing the legs first and work upwards.
3 new top bar hives for free :) made with reused pallet wood
Top Bars are in place only the roof is missing ... and bees ;) Soon!