So, we have our first Warre hive. And as I put it together it struck me… which way should I orient the bars with respect to the entrance?
I would welcome peoples’ views on this. I live in the UK Midlands, it is Spring in a temperate climate. The Warre has a mesh floor, currently with a sliding sub-floor below it so the main ventilation is through the door.
Although all photos I saw on the Web and from my own apiary visits show the bars running from the front of the Warre (where the entrance is) to the rear, I chose to orient mine parallel to the entrance, which I believe is called “warm way”. My reasoning is thus: my experience of Top Bar Hives shows that bees will build brood comb near the entrance and thicker honey comb at the back of the hive. If the combs are edge on to the entrance (as happens with TBH’s using side entrances) this can lead to the same combs being used for comb at one end and honey at the other, i.e. thicker at one end, thus leading to all manner of cross combing problems. However, what seems obvious to me is the opposite of at least 4 examples I have photos of, so I’m curious about others’ opinions on the matter.