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  1. #1
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    Default Does smoke taint the honey?

    When you use a smoker repeatedly over the course of a season, does the smoke give the honey a "smokey" taste? Is it bad for the honey?

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    Default Re: Does smoke taint the honey?

    I don't believe smoker smoke is a problem with honey and hives. Its very unlikely that a hive could get smoked so often, so heavily that the honey would be affected. More likely, before that happens, the bees will abscond and find a better place to live.
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    Default Re: Does smoke taint the honey?

    I'm with Rader, it would be tough to get a smoked honey flavor. John

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    Default Re: Does smoke taint the honey?

    Yep, so all your honey is ruined. send it to me for proper disposal.
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    Default Re: Does smoke taint the honey?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Y View Post
    Yep, so all your honey is ruined. send it to me for proper disposal.

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    Default Re: Does smoke taint the honey?

    beekeepers have smoked bees for thousands of years i think if it was a problem it would have noticed by now.
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    Default Re: Does smoke taint the honey?

    Smoke is generally not an issue in regards to tainting capped honey but...where I live the weather and environment is extremely dry and that can have effect on how the bees cure the nectar. I always try to avoid the use of extensive smoke when I pull my shallows to extract. Because its so dry here our honey doesn't retain nearly as much moisture as it does in some climates. Our relative humidity is often 5-6% whick makes it difficult to extact at times because its so thick. Our bees often leave the cells in the boxes uncapped but I pull it anyways because its ripe. I assume they know what they are doing and will go back and cap things once the nectar flow diminishes. So I often have lots of uncapped nectar cells and for that reason I avoid the use of smoke pulling honey. Generally the bees are so busy with the flow its not an issue with management. Honey is hygroscopic and will absorb moisture and odors.
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