Bees would still get in Buzz.
Bees would still get in Buzz.
The most useful modification that I have made to my smoker, and make it easy to light , was to drill a small hole in the side of the main body just above the fire grate. Made a small flap of thick aluminum foil attached with a self tapping screw as the hole seal.
Just stuff your smoker fuel into the body, use a small gas burner to light the material through the hole, close the flap and your smoker is good to go in 30 seconds or less.
I gotta try that little lighter hole trick. That makes so much sense. Someone's (read that Dadant or Kelly or Brushy) gonna build that into their smokers soon and owe you some royalties, or at least some beer.
How's this for a smoker modification? lol
Don't laugh, it worked perfectly until my manufactured smoker was purchased.
should there bee a connector between the bellows and the canister? Mine doesnt have one and its a royal pain to keep lit. If I prop the lid open just a tad she goes like a forest fire....I typically use burlap....using either the man lake starters or more recently some leaves.
Your mail-box at beesource is full- you need to delete some messages. Sergey
I will be making the modification for a lighting hole. It is a great idea!
"Challenger" as in the Mopar muscle car. Not a personality description .
Keeping bees to raise money for chordoma.
I have no intentions of testing any theory that involves making a hole in my veil!
USDA zone 11a, Western Garden zone 24 (75 ft elev. n34.0w118.47)
I have enough to do learning about bees, researching treatments, inspecting hives and mentoring beekeepers without trying to re-invent smokers, hives and things that have worked for over a hundred years. Complexity creates higher failure rates. Weight is a concern as you add this and that. Except for the new electronic computer controlled smokers that last as long as a good thunderstorm in the rain, I really doubt there is anything that has not been tried. There was a wise king that once said there is nothing new under the sun. The fool died with about a thousand wives and concubines and one of the largest apiaries rivaling many today at Tel Rehov.
I have a hook on mine. Screw it to the wood on the back of the bellows. I can hang it on my belt, pocket or the side of the hive.A 1/2 inch piece of .125 aluminum flat bar works well.
Opposed to drilling a hole to light your smoker \I do this
I have a propane lighter I hold the flame on the front side of the smoker wall and heat it till red
this works like a car cigarette lighter when the metal is red hot it will ignite anything that
is, in touch with it.
It takes a min.and smoker is going strong
I don't have to pull half burnt fuel out from last session I just re-torch it
I also added a soup can that was the same (OD) diameter as my smoker
I used a 1 inch metal strap and riveted it to the main body to extend the fuel capacity
I re-attached the lid ,this added another 4 inch's or so, of fuel to it