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House Bee
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« on: May 14, 2011, 01:29:23 PM »

Installed two packages in my ttbh today.

Only got stung once and I need to figure out how to keep the smoker going, but otherwise a good first day.

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Galactic Bee
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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2011, 01:54:00 PM »

You have to pump that smoker every so often.  Good to hear the first day went well.
House Bee
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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2011, 09:20:46 PM »

I feel the same way about that smoker but my bees are very gentle so far. But I'm still too new to shed all the gear. My confidence i s growing though.
Field Bee
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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2011, 09:24:07 AM »

Congrats on the install

as to the  smoker

Practice,Practice,Practice, Practice,
To me the answer IS !! what you have as the starter,
then of course pump it every now and then  grin
What I think happens most often is, your busy
in the bees and don't stop for a moment
too pump it a few times
If I know I'll be in them for a long time or doing
a few hives I get some small pieces of wood burning
this way If I forget it and the weeds or needles burn off
I can add more and will get smoke due to the wood that
still is burning some kinda like carcoal

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Abraham Lincoln
Field Bee
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2011, 09:57:14 PM »

i use dry pine needles and dry sticks,  works great.  I get it lit with a propane torch and let it burn for a few minutes then close the lid and puffpuff.  I tried wood pellets but didnt seem to work well unless I got a crappy batch

after im finished i use a piece of aluminium foil on top and close lid on it,  fire goes out fast
"A responsible beekeeper is a successful one"
Shane C.
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