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  1. #1
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    Thumbs Up Bellows Repair

    I did a search and most of the topics that talk about repairing an old torn bellows are old, so I thought I would post how I have repaired mine.

    First I went to a repair shop that specailizes in automobile tires and asked them if they had an old car tire tube. They gave it to me for no charge (saved them from having to pay to have it disposed of). At home I removed the bellows from the smoker, then the staples that hold the bellows together. Using the old belows material for a pattrern I cut out a new bellows from the tire tube and installed it onto the bellows. Reinstalled the belows onto the smoker and "vola" it's just like having a new smoker, only now the bellows is black rubber rather than some other material that is hard to spell.
    Randy<br /><br />\'Cause I not be nobody else!

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    So when you've started your fire and it rages out the top of the smoker for a few minutes, it doesn't melt the rubber, eh?
    Once you see the bandwagon, it's too late.
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    That's great. It's very satisfying to repair something especially at no expense.

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    Yours will probably outlast my duct tape...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Reminder Duct tape

    Ahh, one of my best beekeeping friends


    Just a few uses I have it for:

    -swarm boxes
    -pant legs
    -bellow repair
    -hold hives together for movements (No rachet straps around)

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    It's a little known fact that what Archimedes REALLY said was:

    "Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, oh, and a roll of duct tape, and I shall move the world.”

    Bill
    “If you want to gather honey, don't kick over the beehive.” - Dale Carnegie

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    Very cool, thanks for posting how to do this.
    glassblowing beeguy
    www.gimmebeads.etsy.com

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