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    Here is the design and instructions of this smoker: http://learningbeekeeping.com/beekee...ld-beekeeping/

    Peace Corps volunteers and NGOs that do beekeeping should find it useful. Assembled from scrap, with no power tools. Only a hammer, nail, machete and maybe pliers.

    After much trial and error, over the last year, I've come forth with a simplistic beesmoker design for use in third world areas. This began as a project with Paul Jackson when I interviewed him to make a documentary about his bee smoker collection . Drawing upon my experience in East Africa in the Wagogo tribal areas of Tanzania, I think all the materials needed could be found in most villages in the bush.

    I'm calling it the 'Jackson-Taylor 3 can smoker'.

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    Last edited by outofabluesky; 11-20-2012 at 11:37 PM. Reason: adding pic
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    Good idea. Thanks for the link.

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    Yay! McCartney's posting. Where have you been?

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    I think you need to eliminate a can from the design...at least in south america, you are going to have more luck finding a tucan than three cans...
    sorry.

    deknow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Ogborn View Post
    Yay! McCartney's posting. Where have you been?
    Got caught up with work. Solved a tough geospatial problem, landed a big contract, had to hire a bunch of people, then manage the growth. All that distracted me from beekeeping.

    Back to the 3-can smoker. My big anguish was the lack of a technologically appropriate spring. Any ideas?
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    How about this? Elongate the planks that make up the bellows. Add an internal pivot beneath the bellows between the two planks
    that make up the bellows. This could be a stick, dowel, piece of pipe,etc. nailed to either plank. Then cut the end off of a can just
    like the ones used for the fire chamber. Make a cut down only one side of the can. Cut grooves into the bottom sides of the planks
    on the outside of the bellows, opposite to each other, about 1/2" to 3/4" from the bottom of the plank. Stretch the can open and
    let it spring shut into the cut grooves, Working much like a clothes line clip. This teeter-totter effect will pull the bellows open.
    The stroke of the bellows can be adjusted by the placement of the dowel/pipe that you're using as a pivot. This will
    have to be worked out during assembly with trial and error. I don't know the technical term for the type of spring you'll be making,
    but it'll work much like the black paper clamps you can get at the office supply.

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    Here's a link to a really crude picture of my idea. http://s1066.photobucket.com/albums/...kerBellows.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by outofabluesky View Post
    Back to the 3-can smoker. My big anguish was the lack of a technologically appropriate spring. Any ideas?
    Lungs make good bellows.

    What's your goal? To provide technology to someone so they can work bees the way we do? So they are familiar w/ our equipment? How do they already smoke their bees?

    Are you familiar w/ ethnobeeology.org? Found on Facebook. Some pretty nice photos and links found there.

    I bet that sounded critical when you read it. It's not meant to. You have a good idea. And I have no idea what things are like in Tanzania. So, just asking because I am curious and ignorant.

    I saw some minismokers at Brushy Mountains vendor display last week. Really small, really work, meant for decoration, not really built for use. Maybe getting a company to build them inexpensively and include them w/ the hives Heifer Project gets to people(?).
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Lungs make good bellows.

    I saw some minismokers at Brushy Mountains vendor display last week. Really small, really work, meant for decoration, not really built for use. Maybe getting a company to build them inexpensively and include them w/ the hives Heifer Project gets to people(?).
    I know about the lungs. I've used them before. However, smoke induced resperatory illness kills about 4 million people a year. About 1/3 of the worlds population still cooks over a fire. You may want to see http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/3514
    So many Americans don't understand what privaledged lives westerners live.

    So with a good smoker, you make beekeeping safer than a smudge pot, and with more capacity. In a small way, you let a third world beek grow his outyard because he has better equipment.

    As for having someone build a cheap smoker, almost certain to fail. Distribution is always a big problem, lack of cash is another problem, when the smoker breaks it is the final straw. I've seen studies on NGO's who give langstroth hives out in Africa. They all failed in the end because the cost to replace components. It is non sustainable. But get a design out there, and the idea can spread for free.
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