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    Default homemade bee smoker

    I'm a believer in recycling and making things yourself whenever possible, plus I like a challenge. It must be my New England upbringing. When I got interested in keeping bees I thought '"what can I make myself to save some money and just to try it." A smoker seemed like a good enough challenge. The only thing special I used was a tool that rolled a bead on the copper strips. The rest was done with a pair of snips and regular hand tools.I scrounged the city lanfill for cans and metal scraps and had the wood, leather and bits of copper tubing laying around the workshop. The smoker is made from a red pepper can on the outside and tomato sauce can for the inner chamber. I figure it's perfect for working those Italian hives. I'd love to see what others have made for beekeeping using a little Yankee or Southern Ingenuity.





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    Very nice.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    I bet you get a lot more pleasure out of using that than you did with your old, bought one.

    Jeffrey
    "I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. " John 10:11

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    Jeffrey, Yes it is a pleasure to use and makes a good conversation piece. I've never bought a "real" smoker. Someone let me borrow one for a while and I wondered if I could make one from scratch. The other thing I discovered is that you can make a perfectly usuable hooked hive tool from an old lawnmower blade using a hacksaw and hand-held disc grinder. It's not the prettiest but works as well as the store bought ones.


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    Make the hook a little smaller and it will work BETTER than the store bought ones...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    I'm impressed with the fabrication quality.

    I also like the bellows being a bit farther from the hot fire
    chamber. More room to grab and work the bellows without
    burning the fingers.

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    I like how you fit in those pumpkins into the shot, keeping with the seasons.

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    Smile another version

    Michael, I like your version also and great extractor!

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    Some day archaeologists are going to dig that thing up and wonder why we went to so much trouble to roast peppers...
    Once you see the bandwagon, it's too late.
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    And the owner of that primitive weapon of war, had three confirmed kills. I could see the plaque in the museum now.

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    Default Re: homemade bee smoker

    I took inspiration from your smoker and made my own. Thanks.

    I tried to post a pic but failed.

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    Default Re: homemade bee smoker

    Very Creative, you've inspired me to build my next one!

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    Default Re: homemade bee smoker

    Can someone post the pic of the smoker I'm not finding it .
    Second Year 4 Hives T USDA Zone 5b

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