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« on: January 11, 2020, 01:03:05 am »
Hi all well i m looking at getting a smoker soon so i will ask the AUSSIES what type they are using and before anyone says it yes i know the best type is one that produces smoke ,seriously though there re so many on the market ranging from chinese cheepies to down right expensive ones the ones i have looked at are the beeko regular ,manlake with the plastic bellows and a few others .Personally i dont think the chinese ones would be much cop so i dont want to throw money away ,also one i was shown had a stumpy type nozzel on it does this make much difference to the pointy ones .
I have a good supply of smoker fuel (pine needles ) and have no difficulty in getting them does anyone use this manufactured fuel and if so what are the pros and cons thanks . 

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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2020, 06:39:33 pm »
Get the tallest one you can.  They stay lit better.  Stainless steel will last longer.
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2020, 06:24:48 am »
Chinese smoker;
Doe's the job well with a small leather bellows. Has a one way valve which could invite backdraft and ultimately bushfires. The fire grill is loose and falls out when cleaning.
$30.00

Beeko smoker:
More direct funnel with a large synthetic(?) bellows. Has two valves {one in and one out = safer} Fire grill fixed and a pleasure to use.
$100.00
« Last Edit: January 14, 2020, 05:13:21 am by wet bee »

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Re: smokers
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2020, 07:35:20 am »
Hi all well the manlake smoker the local guy has in stock is the larger one and i think it is about 75 dollars which is comparible to the large beeco .My local guy does stock both so when he open gain on the 15 i may have to take a tip down there and make a decision thanks fo your comments and advice .

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Re: smokers
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2020, 07:52:33 am »
Act locally not globally.

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Re: smokers
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2020, 10:25:25 am »
Get a smoker from your local apiary supplier, they have a reputation to uphold. From what I see, over here, they?re all made in China but branded with the suppliers name anyway

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Re: smokers
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2020, 08:10:41 pm »
Well il try this again apparently an error occurred , just a update on my smoker decided to get a beeko ,had a look at the others and went to my local guy who told me that anything more ie: larger was overkill for what im doing so decided on a regular beeko 75.00 probably last longer than the bloke using it .

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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2020, 08:32:27 am »
larger was overkill for what im doing so decided on a regular beeko 75.00 probably last longer than the bloke using it .
I was going to suggest spend within your means as a hobbyist.  You can even make one.
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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2020, 09:13:52 am »
If I lived in Australia, I would not make a smoker.
Twice I have made temporary smokers when I found myself an hours drive away from my smoker and needed one. They were real fire hazards. Unless you have access to a machine/metal shop, anything you make will probably be a fire hazard.
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« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2020, 12:55:47 am »
Hi Jim
I am pretty sure there was no suggestion of making a smoker. It was more about what type of smoker and the suggestion to "Buy Local" as in Australian made, rather than the cheap Chinese stuff that is on the market everywhere.
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« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2020, 07:22:49 am »
The Dadant 4x10 is the best I've heard, I have one myself.
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« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2020, 09:01:47 am »
Bamboo, this is what I was referring to.
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?I was going to suggest spend within your means as a hobbyist.  You can even make one.?

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« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2020, 09:55:12 am »
https://www.beeculture.com/up-in-smoke/
I like looking at these old devices.  Starting with the simplicity of a tin can to exotic shapes and bellows.  Interesting that some loaded from the bottom. Look at the H Root patent #739510.
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