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« Reply #20 on: May 11, 2010, 08:49:58 PM »

Heck, I use old dried up Republicans, cut them into small strips, light them up with a blow torch and get lots of hot air, smoke and mirrors out of them.  Bees get a bit nervous around them, however.
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« Reply #21 on: May 11, 2010, 11:18:58 PM »

Lighting a smoker.MPG

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« Reply #22 on: May 12, 2010, 08:13:04 AM »

has anyone ever tried using fatwood sticks or shavings from fatwood?  they sell it to start fireplaces, chmneas etc....jut wondering how it would do in a smaoker as shavings or small pieces...it smells good, but not sure how detrimental it may be? 
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« Reply #23 on: May 12, 2010, 08:45:01 AM »

Pine needles are my favorite, but then I'll grab anything around the hives, leaves, sticks grass...Easy way to light anything when no pine needles are around, a little bit of wax in a leaf, wrap, squeeze, light and drop..Done!
If I have a lot of work or am going to spend a lot of time, I take the time to gather a hand full of stick to make some coals in the bottom of the smoker, then, pine needles or leaves.

Totally out of dried up Republicans over here... I wonder if tea bags would work?

BTW, where do you store your smoker?
I picked up an ammunition box from the army & navy store, it holds the smoker, hive tool, extra fuel, lighter & matches.
The best thing is that when I am done with one yard, I can just stuff the billowing smoker right in there, clamp the lid on and throw it in the car without smells, smoke or risk of fire. It keeps everything dry and organized and safe.
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« Reply #24 on: May 12, 2010, 09:05:32 AM »

I use left wing liberal tree hugging democrat's It burns a long time up to 12 hour's but the smoke smells like boiled egg sulfur fart !
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« Reply #25 on: May 12, 2010, 09:58:35 AM »

Irwin, your wasting all that gator trapping bait on smoker fuel? grin

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« Reply #26 on: May 12, 2010, 10:47:30 AM »

Irwin, your wasting all that gator trapping bait on smoker fuel? grin

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Don't have gator's around here so insted of throwing out with the garbage I use it for smoker fuel grin
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« Reply #27 on: May 15, 2010, 09:00:47 AM »

My favorite is burlap.  If it's not available, whatever is handy... leaves, pine needles, cardboard, klennex...
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« Reply #28 on: May 15, 2010, 09:08:00 AM »

has anyone ever tried using fatwood sticks or shavings from fatwood?  they sell it to start fireplaces, chmneas etc....jut wondering how it would do in a smaoker as shavings or small pieces...it smells good, but not sure how detrimental it may be? 

My opinion is that fatwood pine would put off too much heat and you want a cool heat when working bees. Same reason why pine bark would not be my choice. Pine needles, burlap, dead leaves, wood chips from just about anything but pine.


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« Reply #29 on: May 15, 2010, 03:23:52 PM »

I have a lot of Oleander in my yard. I DON'T want to burn that, so I am cautious what I pick up off the ground. (People have died, cooking with oleander boughs.)
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« Reply #30 on: May 15, 2010, 07:00:08 PM »

Please don't blow me up but I bought the bee-z-smoker and it is fabulous.  I use pine shavings for fuel.  Lit in 15 seconds and out with a shake.  Smoke is cool and the smoker NEVER gets hot.  I am sure you have all seen it in beek magazines.

Pricey but it works.

Funnly thing is most of the time, I just use plain old water if the bees get defensive.  My hives are start ups and so far have not been mean yet.
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