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Offline robk23678

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Re: Favorite smoker fuel
« Reply #120 on: June 28, 2013, 12:07:21 PM »
I've been using a combination of timothy hay and pine bedding together in the smoker.

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Re: Favorite smoker fuel
« Reply #121 on: June 28, 2013, 02:18:59 PM »
Pine needles work very well, thought burn quickly.  Dry cow patties are the best smoker fuel I've ever tried.

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Re: Favorite smoker fuel
« Reply #122 on: June 28, 2013, 08:16:31 PM »
Best fuel I have found to date is cedar dog bedding. you get a 2Cubic foot bag for 6.00. lasts for ever and burns slow with a pleasent aroma that does not hurt my eyes and does not leave a bad odor.

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Re: Favorite smoker fuel
« Reply #123 on: June 28, 2013, 09:41:09 PM »
I use grapevines, pine needles and grass usually.

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Re: Favorite smoker fuel
« Reply #124 on: June 29, 2013, 06:55:51 PM »
I use corb cobs. Break them up with a hammer so they light better and let the smoke roll.

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Re: Favorite smoker fuel
« Reply #125 on: August 08, 2013, 12:53:22 AM »
Hi folks. I'm a newbie (newbee?) To the buzz biz but have had horses for a few years. In reference to the suggestions to using bailing twine (from hay); please bear in mind that most bailing twine, even the jute or hemp, may be impregnated with a rodenticide (to discourage mice from opening your freshly bailed hay)
So ask questions before using it.
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Re: Favorite smoker fuel
« Reply #126 on: August 09, 2013, 10:21:19 PM »
I have used pine shavings, cotton rags, dadant smoker fuel, hardwood leaves, combinations of all of the above and by far my favorite is pine straw. I bought two bales of pine straw at home depot, placed them in an old garbage can next to my beehives so i always have a readily available source of very dry smoker fuel. For me it works great. The trick is to get a good source of real hot pine straw coals so to speak, then pack it with dry straw, puff it till hot again and it will produce smoke for hours.
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Re: Favorite smoker fuel
« Reply #127 on: August 10, 2013, 01:22:23 PM »
Lately I've been getting a raging inferno going with birch bark and pine cones, then I pack in some dried horse poop and/or sumac seed heads, and top it off with a wad of green grass to cool the smoke off. Works great, lasts a long time.

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Re: Favorite smoker fuel
« Reply #128 on: August 10, 2013, 01:43:58 PM »
when I can get it going horse manure works great and is plentiful. I need to find some pine cones.
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Re: Favorite smoker fuel
« Reply #129 on: August 10, 2013, 11:57:27 PM »
When I'm going to work a few hives I use wood shavings from my wood plane.
But when I'm going to work a lot of hives I use wood pellets for they will keep a smoke going for 4 hours or so.
The only draw back of wood pellets is it takes longer to get them smouldering.
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Re: Favorite smoker fuel
« Reply #130 on: August 11, 2013, 08:14:20 AM »
plus I bet it's a real pain to fit a pallet into your smoker, unless you have a really BIG smoker.  :-D
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