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  1. #1
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    Default Smoker Fuel.....pine needles

    must pine needles be the dried out dead variety from previous years OR fresh?

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    Default Re: Smoker Fuel.....pine needles

    Mike Forbes
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    Default Re: Smoker Fuel.....pine needles

    As long as they are brown, I'm sure they are fine. Although nearly everyone in my neighborhood has huge pine trees, the previous owner of our home cut them all down due to their tendency to crush people's roofs.

    So I get my pine needles from the nice garden center manager at Home Depot who lets me fill my own garbage bag full of the loose needles that fall from bales and litter the tractor trailer full of bales. I'm also now in the habit of getting a free handful of paint stirrer sticks whenever I go to make guides for foundationless frames.

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    Default Re: Smoker Fuel.....pine needles

    Any chance you have a picture of the installed stirrer stick?
    Last edited by honeyman46408; 05-21-2012 at 04:50 PM. Reason: UNQuote

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    Default Re: Smoker Fuel.....pine needles

    I do the paint stirrer too! It works great. My only complaint was that it eats up too much of the top so you lose an inch or so of would be comb because the bees won't build over it they just attach to the bottom of the paint stirrer. They fit very easily into the groove on the top bar though. Now I just cut a piece of plastic foundation into strips and glue that in.
    Last edited by honeyman46408; 05-21-2012 at 04:51 PM. Reason: UNQuote

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    Default Re: Smoker Fuel.....pine needles

    All of them are in the hives right now, so no photo. But all I did was pull out the plastic foundation and use a bead of wood glue in the slot to glue them in. It takes about one and a third sticks to completely fill the slot. I scored both sides at the right length with a razor knife and snapped the extra part off.

    This is just a first time experiment, so I added two of these foundationless frames between drawn comb in a super to see what happens. If I like the results, I will try it next time with a full super.

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    Default Re: Smoker Fuel.....pine needles

    If you can easily light the pine needles, they are good.

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    Default Re: Smoker Fuel.....pine needles

    Brown not green.

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    Default Re: Smoker Fuel.....pine needles

    Brown dried pine cones work well also.

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    Default Re: Smoker Fuel.....pine needles

    So does fallen white pines that are rotting on the ground. I have a couple that I regularly take the axe to and fill up a five gallon pail with the damp stuff near the ground. Burns great once it's lit and has a lot of moisture in for cool white smoke. Kind of like "punk" wood you can almost tear apart with your hands.

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    Default Re: Smoker Fuel.....pine needles

    dry dry
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    Default Re: Smoker Fuel.....pine needles

    I use 5 pages from an old phone book and the wood chips like used in the flower bed

  13. #13
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    Default Re: Smoker Fuel.....pine needles

    Make sure any fuel you use (except gasoline [just kidding!]) is very dry.

  14. #14
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    Default Re: Smoker Fuel.....pine needles

    Green pine needles on top of the pellet fuel makes a cool smoke. Green pine needles will smoke profusely.

    psisk

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