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Author Topic: Wood Toxicity in Smoker Fuel?  (Read 591 times)
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« on: May 08, 2011, 08:02:44 AM »

As a long time wood turner new to bee keeping, I thought I would try using the long shavings I make (which I have tons of) as smoker fuel. Problem is, some woods such as Walnut, are mildly toxic and shouldn't be used for things like pet bedding. I wondered if this would be a problem for the bees when burned for smoke? 
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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2011, 08:47:00 AM »

I have used the bark off of cedar trees for years (actually cedar fence post that have dried out) with no noticeable effects. I am like you though some of the woods contain large amounts of oils that might harm bees, not sure which ones though.

I have some family that lives in La Follette, 2 sister inlaws that live a little ways behind Big "O" market and a nephew that lives in Jacksboro. 
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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2011, 09:18:53 AM »

The smoke from walnut has been shown to have a beneficial effect on varroa populations. Grapefruit leaves and mesquite as well.

I wouldn't use anything from the teak family (including ipe) but you're most likely not turning that anyway.

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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2011, 09:42:34 AM »

as long as its aged (dried) it shouldnt be a big deal.  I read somewhere
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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2011, 07:16:23 PM »

Hardwood- Do you mean that the smoke is beneficial for the mites or beneficial for controlling the mites?

G3farms - My wife is originally from Lafollette and knows absolutely everyone. She probably knows em. Wink   
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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2011, 11:09:55 AM »

On controlling the mites (I should have been more clear). I'm not sure where to find a link but the study was done by UF.

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