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New Bee
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« on: January 22, 2014, 02:51:20 PM »


I am wondering, if a Dadant Stainless Steel Smoker is worth purchasing. I ask as they are not available normally here in the United Kingdom so would have to order from USA. Is there a sale on at Dadant at any point online during the year?

Thanks in advance


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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2014, 03:15:02 PM »

They are a great smoker and what I use,  but I'm sure you can find an equally as good smoker closer to you.

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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2014, 04:42:01 PM »

I'll second that, besides I just piggybacked a Kelley cloud on my order for a bk bud and it was the same as my Dadant, except for the brand on the bellows. So much for the hype in the catalogs lol

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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2014, 08:29:37 AM »

I have two large dadants.  Like stated above they are all about the same.  A couple of things I would recommend is get a large one.  You can always put less fuel in it and they stay lit better.  A guard is a must and a heat shield is nice
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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2014, 09:46:52 AM »

I thought Dadant supplied a few of the other suppliers.
I have a few of the 4x10, they do stay lit better than the short one.
They are tuff and can take a beating.
I'm forever knocking them off something or kicking it down the stairs.
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2014, 11:30:03 AM »

The Dadant smokers are more pleasant to operate because the bellows spring is not ridiculously strong as those in many cheap smokers.  I don't use a huge amount of smoke when working bees and the small smoker gets me thru a yard of 25 very well.  The shields and guards I have found just give me a false sense of security and I burn myself when using them.
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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2014, 02:20:31 PM »

I have tried the cheap smokers and I don't like it near as much as I do my Dadant smoker. I keep the cheap smoker in the truck as a back up just in case something happens to my Dadant but, I will never use any other smoker as my primary smoker. 
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« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2014, 03:03:49 PM »

in my area the bees get pissy some times and when I reach for it, its gona have dadant  on it some where

to bee or not to bee
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« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2014, 09:10:40 PM »

Several people have told me to get the bigger smoker, but I had already got the smaller Dadant.  I have from five to seven hives and the small one will still be going when I finish them.  If I didn't have one I would probably get the bigger one any how.  Good luck to you Karl.

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