One of the most frustrating parts of being new to this has been keeping my smoker lit. Honestly I thought it was me not taking the proper time to pack it right. And then my new smoker from Dadant arrived. I only have 5 hives but one is more aggressive than the others so smoke delivered at just the right time makes all the difference and that hive responds just like the rest.
So I bought the tall has everything model that people here recommend. I live in the forest and Iím surrounded by fuels for this thing. I like the height for the materials I put in it. Holy cow. Iím ready to propose marriage to it. Lights easy and stays lit. If I leave it for a few minutes it engages easily again after using the bellows. Honestly, do yourself a favor and get a good one. Donít put up with anything that doesnít perform. Ready to drive over my old one like Michael Palmer did. Twice.
The only hard part was getting it delivered. Itís popular and you have to call to see if its on backorder. The main location has it in stock but if you live on the west coast they like you to call the California branch where its on backorder. After two weeks of waiting I called the main branch and they sent it from there instead. I like Dadant but they have some inventory fulfillment issues. Worth the wait though!