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Offline minz

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Re: Keeping your smoker lit...
« Reply #40 on: January 08, 2021, 03:03:49 pm »
I had a partial bag of cedar shavings for animal bedding that I have been using the last couple of years. Start a piece of newspaper with a lighter, drop it in the bottom as stated in post #2. My burlap was always wound too tight so took a bit of time to fray the ends to get it going and it was nasty smelling. My pine needles were usually wet since I live in a rain forest. My scrap wood pieces took too long to start and burned too hot when they did.
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Offline LawyerRick

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Re: Keeping your smoker lit...
« Reply #41 on: January 12, 2021, 09:01:23 pm »
Started using dried hops in the smoker this summer & it seemed to really calm the bees.  My buddy gave me 10 lbs of hops to dry so it was free.  Anyone else use hops as smoker fuel?  Like to hear your observations.

Offline Oldbeavo

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Re: Keeping your smoker lit...
« Reply #42 on: January 13, 2021, 04:57:04 am »
Use the hops to make some beer for after a hard day on the bees.
You can burn anything that you can stand the smell of, dry horse poo is good, nice size pieces, compact, burns slow.
remember it only grass with the running taken out of it.

Offline Hops Brewster

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Re: Keeping your smoker lit...
« Reply #43 on: January 20, 2021, 01:14:55 pm »
I agree, the hops (in conjunction with some malted barley, water and yeast) would be much better used to cheer yourself up after a hard day of beekeeping.  But that's just my personal opinion.
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Offline FatherMichael

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Re: Keeping your smoker lit...
« Reply #44 on: January 20, 2021, 06:23:55 pm »
being a really cheap and old i never bought a smoker. i smoked myself with a small fire and whatever would make lots of smoke. the bees ignored me.the lifting was hurting me so i sold my 3 hives. $800.

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