What kind if smoker fuel do you guys use? Is there one that is better than the other? Or worse?
And you're exactly right! If you don't get it going good it'll go out for sure, but they need to make sure they're calming that hot stuff down some before blowing it in the hive. Hot smoke will make calm bees hot in more ways than oneMuskrat-my comments were more for new beekeepers who are trying to learn their way around a smoker. I've watched enough people try to light fires in my life to know very few humans have that skill mastered anymore without the help of lighter fluid lol. I do pack my down tight as well but still occasionally put my embers out if I don't let enough heat build before packing it in.
Yeah, I put a bunch of green grass in the top of mine too, to keep embers from coming out. My field can get pretty dry at times and if it caught fire I'd be screwed. I put a bit of steel wool in the air vent at the bottom for the same reason.However, I like to put a little green sage, rosemary, or just weeds at the very top of the smoker. I originally did it to make sure the smoke was cool, but when I didn't use it I found i was blowing out a lot of small stuff so I like how it keeps everything inside as well.
That's a really good point. Mine has certainly blown out embers when it's in need of a fuel refill.Yeah, I put a bunch of green grass in the top of mine too, to keep embers from coming out. My field can get pretty dry at times and if it caught fire I'd be screwed. I put a bit of steel wool in the air vent at the bottom for the same reason.
There was a fire got started across the road from me, a couple of years ago. By the time the VFD got there it was so big that the little pumper truck was never going to put it out. It took several hours of two choppers flying water in to get it under control.