Warre Hive



The Warre hive was developed by the French monk Abbé Émile Warré in the late 1800’s, with a focus on simplicity, ease of management, and the building of natural comb. Designed as a vertical top bar hive, these hives feature individual bars laid across the hive boxes to allow bees to attach and build their comb naturally, without the use of a 4-sided frame or pressed foundation.They are meant to be managed by the box rather than by the comb, which means beekeepers simply add empty boxes to the bottom of the hive in the spring and harvest full boxes of honey off the top of the hive in the fall.

Milled in Portland, Oregon and offered in FSC® certified, sustainable kiln-dried Western Red Cedar, the Warre hive includes:

  • Roof featuring shingled design and high pitch for optimal rain runoff
  • Quilt box with canvas quilt
  • 1 bag of shredded cedar to fill quilt box
  • Extra canvas to go between quilt box and top bars
  • 2 Warre boxes 13 3/4" wide by 13 3/4" long by 8 1/4" deep
  • Viewing windows and black walnut closures
  • 16 one piece top bars with wedge comb guides
  • Standard screened bottom with closable insert
  • Sturdy feet to elevate the hive off the ground and improve stability
  • All parts pre-drilled, stainless steel screws and bolts included

Assembly diagram and instructions included.

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