I have two 7-inch smokers and one 10-inch, have not used the 7-inchers recently. They seem to perform about the same but it is comforting to know that I am less likely to need to stop and reload the 10-inch version. If you can pick up a super full of honey you probably won't care about the weight difference.
I was told the 7" would do well enough. I paid for all the gear for both of us. The cost difference wasn't much.
I got both especially to make a comparison. Besides, I have seniority. I haven't gotten him a descent bread knife
yet though. (For top bar hives.)
No one has addressed the physical shape and how it balance in your hand. I am thinking about getting the 10" smoker, just did now want some unknown something to pop up. I never thought weight to be a factor. What about my blocks ans 4X4 base to sit the hives on ? Thanks to all
I'm not sure this topic is worth this much discussion. But I'll throw my two cents' worth in. . .
I have both sizes. I use both. I like the 7-inch version if I'm doing a quick check on one or two hives. I like the 10-inch version for longer periods working bees. For a few hives, I don't know that you'll see enough difference to put this much thought into your purchase.
I should add, my smokers have hooks on them to hang on the edges of the boxes while I work. Tipping over isn't much concern while they're hanging. Also, I handle them by the bellows, so "balance" really doesn't enter the equation and weight differences must be slight enough that I've never really considered the difference while using a smoker.
I think that has answered my new bee questions. thanks to all.
What size hive tool are you going to get? 7 or 10 inch?
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I think if you had acquired an old smoker (in my case a standard 7") that your father used many years ago, the decision would already be made for you. It was for me anyway.
nobody has mentioned yet, but I think 20" off the ground might be too high, especially when you start placing supers on. I would probably opt for 12" instead.