Re: Bees are angry
One of the easiest things to light is rolled up cardboard (it must be dry). If you cut it 3/4 the height of your smoker you can still hold the roll in your hand and light the center with a match. Tip it to the side a little and let it burn out to the edges. You can also blow on it to really get it going in the center.
Originally Posted by tucker0104
If all you have in the smoker is cardboard you don't want to puff hard at the bees because it will smoke too warm. To make it smoke cool add sawdust or grass or some other fuel. It will also burn much longer. You have to add the sawdust a little at a time and shake it down the flutes until it gets burning. Puff hard when you are not smoking the bees and then gentle when you do smoke the bees.
Try it. You might like it.
Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping