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  1. #1
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    Default holes in my smoker bellows

    what is the easiest way, and effective, to patch holes in the smoker bellows. I have a couple that are pretty useless at this time.

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    Default Re: holes in my smoker bellows

    I've used general-purpose silicone rubber - spread out (like buttering bread) to form a patch - to eke-out a little more life from a deteriorating bellows.
    LJ
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    Default Re: holes in my smoker bellows

    Duct tape

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    Default Re: holes in my smoker bellows

    FlexTape.....you can build a boat out of it, you should be able to patch a bellows on smoker.

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    Default Re: holes in my smoker bellows

    Duct tape. This year am trying that flex spray in a can.

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    Default Re: holes in my smoker bellows

    there was a product that I used when Hiking the trails called NU Skin, or another Mole Skin, seemed to stick well and also was flexible.

    there is "flex tape"

    I have seen replacement bellows but maybe a new one is similar in price.

    GG

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    I am in the duct tape camp.
    So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

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    Default Re: holes in my smoker bellows

    Did your smoker dry rot from lack of use? I would say duct tape tape until you decide to shell out a few dollars for a replacement bellows. They are not expensive. Actually Don, I am is the same boat. My bellows has a small tear in it and I am delaying the purchase of a new Dadant smoker until the wife is employed again.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Duct tape of the Gorilla variety 😉

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    I removed the leather from the bellows, went to a leather store and purchased the cheapest piece of scrap I could find that fit the bellows, and traced and cut a new one. It works great.

    I also made a metal clip to keep the bellows mostly squeezed shut so it didn't put as much pressure on the leather when sitting unused, which should increase the life of the leather going forward.

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    Default Re: holes in my smoker bellows

    I see a few manufacturers are now using rubber for the bellows instead of leather. No idea whether it's any better. They say it is - but then they would, wouldn't they ?
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    Default Re: holes in my smoker bellows

    Quote Originally Posted by little_john View Post
    I see a few manufacturers are now using rubber for the bellows instead of leather. No idea whether it's any better. They say it is - but then they would, wouldn't they ?
    LJ
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    If rubber works then an old inner tube would work as well tube patches.....

    seems the options may be several here.

    GG

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    Default Re: holes in my smoker bellows

    I bought one a couple years ago. It didn't last a season. I also made a point to keep it out of the sun.

    Alex
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    Default Re: holes in my smoker bellows

    Quote Originally Posted by AHudd View Post
    I bought one a couple years ago. It didn't last a season. I also made a point to keep it out of the sun.

    Alex
    would any of the "boot grease " type salves work to keep it soft?

    GG

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    Default Re: holes in my smoker bellows

    Go to love duck tape quick fix.

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    Default Re: holes in my smoker bellows

    "Holes in my smoker bellows" sounds like a country western song

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    Default Re: holes in my smoker bellows

    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Goose View Post
    would any of the "boot grease " type salves work to keep it soft?

    GG
    Sorry, I missed your post.

    I don't know if that would slow down the process or not.
    My tin of Leathe-R-Seal does not warn against using it on rubber.

    Alex
    Ten years of Beekeeping before varroa. Started again spring of 2014.

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