Challenges With Smokers

Smokers are used to calm the bees by making them think there is a fire (that wouldn’t calm me). They eat when they think there is a fire because if it was a forest fire, they would need enough supplies for when they move to a different location to create a new hive. Eating keeps the bees busy and calm.   We need to make smoke which starts with a smoker. Now not everyone likes smokers; they think that they are to much trouble for what it does. Some beekeepers use smokers only on bad days (cold, rainy, etc). Well since we use a smoker we need to know how to use it without getting really hot smoke.

 

 

Here is our smoker Abigail got given as part of her scholarship.

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Here is a picture of the fuel left over from the last smoker use.

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Here is the fire we made that we are about to smolder. The next time we use the smoker we use pine chips instead of pine needles which works better.

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Here are Abigail and Bethany trying to get some white cool smoke.

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Here is our smoke lit and ready-ish to go. It went out not to long after we lit it.

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I prefer the pine chips that were given to us by our mentor but you can use almost any fuel to light a smoker. I also have found that it is better to have someone pumping the smoker while it is being made, which as you can see we were not doing here.

Bethany

 

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