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When I make things in my shop using dado blades on regular pine I get these wonderful 1-3/4" splinters that are awesome in my smoker...

I recently acquired a whole pile of this stuff but from some pressure treated 2x2s and since they aren't treated with arsenic anymore was wondering if this would be safe?

Gut feeling: oh hell NO! The pressure treatment chemical creates other compounds when they combust and could be detrimental to our gherlz.....

Any thoughts?
 

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When I make things in my shop using dado blades on regular pine I get these wonderful 1-3/4" splinters that are awesome in my smoker...

I recently acquired a whole pile of this stuff but from some pressure treated 2x2s and since they aren't treated with arsenic anymore was wondering if this would be safe?

Gut feeling: oh hell NO! The pressure treatment chemical creates other compounds when they combust and could be detrimental to our gherlz.....

Any thoughts?
What's a gherlz?
If I didn't know any better, I'd think you might have misspelled "bees".
 

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Just for the heck of it. Try a spray bottle of sugar water one time. It works almost as well as the smoke and the bees don't get even with you when you are working in the yard.
 

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Just for the heck of it. Try a spray bottle of sugar water one time. It works almost as well as the smoke and the bees don't get even with you when you are working in the yard.
Don't get even with you? And why would you use something that works "almost as well as" something that's just as easy to use?
 

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This question is a joke... Right?


I personally am not inclined to test out "only the fittest survive" on my bees. Since the stuff is made to kill mold and bugs I guess you will have few issues with mites and hive beetles in your well treated boxes.:no:
 

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Joke ? Like I have nothing better to do....I guess I had a feeling of the answers but it certainly makes sense that it could be detrimental to the bees.......

Spray sugar water? Man I hate ants, I hate wood roaches and I hate anything that seeks honey like substances like anything that crawls/walks...thanks for the responses.

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This question is a joke... Right?


I personally am not inclined to test out "only the fittest survive" on my bees. Since the stuff is made to kill mold and bugs I guess you will have few issues with mites and hive beetles in your well treated boxes.:no:
 

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I was at the table with several prominent bee scientists as they discussed how terrible of an idea it was to use treated lumber to build hives and their experiences with people who had done that... I would not use it.
 

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What treatment chem? Copper naphthenate is considered 'safe' in greenhouses and recommended (by the manufacturer) for building beehives.
http://www.coppercare.com/Documents/Technical/CuNap_Health_Risk.pdf

But I would take the claims of the manufacturer with a grain of salt. I have also learned to respect MB's opinions (see above). And speaking only for myself, I do not knowingly burn ANY treated wood for any reason.
 

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If you want a hands-on example of just how noxious the burning of treated wood can be, set some on fire and stand back. The smoke is greasy and noxious.
 

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OKAY OKAY OKAY folk...we get the idea-huffing gasoline is bad for you....can we kill this ...already I am done!
 

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You have to be careful with both burlap and pet bedding. (also hemp binder twine) They are sometimes treated with preservative chemicals and a pesticide. I use pine needles and picked up a bag of wood pellets which is handy and gives some lasting power. Cardboard rolls used to be good but the last few times I have seen it tried, not so good. It seems like some cardboard has a lot of clay filler and does not stay lit if you set it down for a bit. Staying lit dependably is #1
 

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I find pressure treated lumber to be rough on blades. I don't know why. I don't get nervous about burning a little of it but I don't use it in my smoker.
 

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Would it be harmful to use Hemp stalks as smoker fuel. I have some of this product via a friend of mine who uses this for eco friendly construction of exterior walls in houses. It virtually is straw in my opinion. I just don't want my bees to go crazy! (hemp is the male plant Marijuana)

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Jantsen
 

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Would it be harmful to use Hemp stalks as smoker fuel. I have some of this product via a friend of mine who uses this for eco friendly construction of exterior walls in houses. It virtually is straw in my opinion. I just don't want my bees to go crazy! (hemp is the male plant Marijuana)

Thanks,

Jantsen
 

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OKAY OKAY OKAY folk...we get the idea-huffing gasoline is bad for you....can we kill this ...already I am done!
You can't kill it. It's like dumping gasoline on a dry grass fire in the midst of a drought. They will run with it until the next post about how to treat varroa. :digging:
 
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