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« on: January 20, 2007, 04:51:35 PM »

Smokers are easy to start, but harder to get the right smoke. I'm pretty sure i got the right kind of smoke going and feel im set for the summer.

Now I couldn't figure out how to put the smoker OUT!

any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2007, 05:57:00 PM »

Stick a cork in it.
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2007, 06:14:44 PM »

i keep a bucket of water handy and just dump the smoker fuel into it when i'm done.  then i dump the water and fuel out on the gravel and it's dry by the next time i go to use it.  this won't work if you use fuel that will dissolve in water smiley  i have been using old burlap augmented with grass cuttings or pine cones. 
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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2007, 07:22:31 PM »

Ummm yeah what newbee101 said
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2007, 08:10:47 PM »

if u have a fire ring we just dump it into there.
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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2007, 10:02:41 PM »

I just cram hay in the hole in the end of the smoker.  With no O2 the fire just snuffs its self out I also do this when I drive from bee yard to bee yard
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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2007, 11:44:15 PM »

thanks. just wanted to use a smoker safe way, that didn't involve water..
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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2007, 10:14:59 AM »

My choice of smoke suffocate.  I pull some grass, leaves, whatever is handy, stuff the hole and like said in previous reply, it puts it out immediately. I leave the "stuff" in the hole until the next time I am ready.  Never ever once had the coals ignite the hole stuffer.  It's amazing how quickly things smother when their is no air to fuel the flame.  Great day.  Cindi
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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2007, 11:06:55 AM »

that smoker is pretty hot.  for those of you who suffocate your smoker, do you not worry that it remains so hot?  i guess it's an issue for me because my stuff is stored in the barn.......where do you all keep your things that's safe?  smiley
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« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2007, 11:30:31 AM »

I also now put a wine cork in it to put it out. Before I learned that trick, I found that just laying it down on its side for a few minutes with the smoker hole pointing downhill put it out. Hope that helps. -Danno
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« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2007, 11:53:49 AM »

that smoker is pretty hot.  for those of you who suffocate your smoker, do you not worry that it remains so hot?

My bees are only a hundred yards from the house, so when I am through with the smoker, if I use the smoker, I plug up the hole, sometimes just put duct tape over it, and leave it out on a brick or ground until it cools. It is usually in the back of my Durango with a lot of other beeking stuff.
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« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2007, 01:00:21 PM »

>Now I couldn't figure out how to put the smoker OUT!

Lay it on it's side and it will almost always go out.  Stuff some grass (or a cork if you have one) in the spout AND lay it on it's side and it will go out.  NEVER put a lit smoker in a truck or car unless it's where you can keep an eye on it and never have it where the wind is blowing in as you drive down the road and never have it where it can catch anything on fire if it bursts into flames.  The best thing to do is dump out the contents and douse that with some water.
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« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2007, 01:50:56 PM »

smother the fire like suggested (cork,etc) then leave it outside for a short time. doesnt take long to cool.
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« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2007, 05:42:23 PM »

I cork it, and put in in old metal bucket that I have.
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« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2007, 06:29:36 PM »

I cork it, and put in in old metal bucket that I have.

I really like the idea of corks.  I have some of those.

DBoire.  Now that is about the best method that I have heard so far.  Metal bucket!!!  Fire and ash.

That is such a good idea, that I am going to get an old coffee tin and that is going to be another item for my bee stuff.

I have actually had the grass not stuffed in good enough and saw a little while later the smoker smoking again big time.  If it had fallen over there would have been some dirt caught on fire (LOL).  I keep my smoker outside in the dirt in the garden until I see it again.

Kathy, I don't think that you should ever put the smoker into the barn, unless it wass 100% surely put out.  You know what hay is like and man can it go up fast.  Why not keep a little bucket of water to douse the smoker with each time you are done.  I think that would be an awesome idea.  Great day. Cindi
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« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2007, 06:43:31 PM »

I dump the contents of mine in the driveway then stomp it out. I leave my smoker in the driveway until it's cool, then put it away.

I never thought of using a cork. There's plenty of them around here grin
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« Reply #16 on: January 21, 2007, 06:57:53 PM »

Hmm..getting close to dinner cooking time.  Think I will get a cork ready for the upcoming season  grin  Great day.  Cindi
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« Reply #17 on: January 21, 2007, 10:34:37 PM »

buy a old army amo can from military surplus ..to put smoker in after putting out ..that way hot or not hurts nothing.

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« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2007, 12:45:22 AM »

A cork is a good way to snuff out a smoker. 
And I like MB's idea of laying it on its side - that works.
I'm still concerned that the contents are too hot to put into my truck.
This is why I use another one of MS's idea.
I lined the inside of my smoker with a 1 lbs coffee can (it makes it last longer or covers holes in old smokers!)
I also use an insert can (pineapple cans are best as they are a little bigger) with ventilation holes in it.
He had pix on his website, I think the newly revised site still has them.
When I'm done with the smoker I can grab the insert can with channel locks and dump the contents on the ground where I can snuff them out with sole of my work boots.
I might be very carefull doing this if I were in California or other area of high brush fire potential.
I think I remember reading that Root burned out hundreds of hives with his primative smoker.
Then again this is when they kept all their hives on the ground in piles of sawdust.
None-the-less I'm still very careful since reading that.

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« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2007, 06:25:09 AM »

>I also use an insert can
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