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  1. #1
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    Default :kn:Stupid Question...

    Okay, got to ask: what is a the guard for on the smoker? Will it save my life? Is it REALLY needed or can I save a buck or two?
    Last edited by Barry; 06-28-2012 at 06:52 PM. Reason: language

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    Default Re: :kn:Stupid Question...

    For me, totally worthless. However some people like it. If your smoker is hot enough to burn you, your smoke would be too hot to be putting on bees.

    Of course some people like gloves. So I say, do whatever you want to do.

    I have never been burned by my smoker, and if it had a shield, it would not go in my smoker box.

    Save the bucks.

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    Last edited by Cleo C. Hogan Jr; 06-28-2012 at 07:14 PM.

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    Default Re: :kn:Stupid Question...

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: :kn:Stupid Question...

    There is wisdom in what these "older" fellows like Cleo and Odfrank say but If you're just starting out, I would get the guard. New folks tend to be a little clumsy and it is easy to burn yourself if you don't have much experience.
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    Default Re: :kn:Stupid Question...

    There have been situations where setting the smoker down on dry leaves/grass wasn't a good idea and I've held the smoker between my knees. I did that once using a smoker without a guard, and it was, uh, memorable.

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    Default Re: :kn:Stupid Question...

    I like the guard on my smoker, keeps myself and my son from getting burned
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    Default Re: :kn:Stupid Question...

    Your smoker is hot enough to burn, even with cool smoke, sitting in the back of the truck in the sunshine will get it warm....

    Gaurds are a great place to store your hive tool

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    Default Re: :kn:Stupid Question...

    I don't have any smoker with a guard, but I wish I did. I've melted and burnt a few things with them.

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    Default Re: :kn:Stupid Question...

    Quote Originally Posted by efaure View Post
    Okay, got to ask: what is a the guard for on the smoker? Will it save my life? Is it REALLY needed or can I save a buck or two?



    I have a tall smoker with the guard and heat shield that I appreciate.
    BeeCurious
    5 hives and 8 nucs................... Trying to think inside the box...

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    Thumbs Up Kiss...

    Once your knees, hands and whatever else are initiated to the heat of a smoker, you will be mindful of where the smoker is and how you are responsible for its placement and safety (use a flat rock, a bench or some other aid of you need it). You will develop your own process to inspect and service your hive(s) and make your own provision for the heat and safety of the smoker. For me, the guard would be a nice conversation piece, but superfluous.

    Make a visit to an experienced beekeeper's apiary and help them for a while, a lot of things will be illuminated, on the spot. It will be time well spent. I bought this smoker in 1980 and haven't started any fires with it.
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    Last edited by Lburou; 06-29-2012 at 09:16 AM.
    LeeB
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    Default Re: Kiss...

    Most of the people who really love the guard hold the smoker between their knees all the time.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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