Smoker is finished finally

Discussion in 'Building plans, blueprints, and finished projects' started by Slag, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. Slag

    Slag New Member

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    I finally finished the smoker. I've had too many irons on the fire recently. It's not fancy, but it seems to work okay. I let it burn for about 45 minutes. I am not sure how to seal the lid better. It lets out some smoke but may not be a problem. Maybe some form a gasket would work. I can finally check my hives tomorrow if it is not raining. smoker.JPG
     
  2. Zulu

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    Nice

    Looks good , now a pic of you in action to see how it works
     

  3. Zulu

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    Nice

    Looks good , now a pic of you in action to see how it works?..

    Silicon will work up to flame temps and still not burn.
     
  4. Slag

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    I'll give the silicone a try. I have that on hand.
     
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    Love it! Human enginuety at its finest....
     
  6. Iddee

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    Good job. It'll work fine with smoke escaping.
     
  7. G3farms

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    That looks great, now for some action shots.

    Are your bees aggressive?
     
  8. PerryBee

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    Well done! Thanks for the picture! :thumbsup:
     
  9. Slag

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    I have only the two hives. The bees I have are from hives we stumbled across on the property. The first hive seemed pretty aggressive. The second one seemed much more gentle. When I went out with the smoker for the first time yesterday, the aggressive ones had done a lot of work. The gentler ones had started building but have moved away. I can show pictures later when I find my daughter's camera that I used.
     
  10. ApisBees

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    Looks good!
    If you ever find yourself in need of a smoker and don't have one handy roll up a piece of cardboard so you can blow down the corrugations make it about 2 inch in diameter and 10 inches long. Get the one end burning well then blow out flame then blow the smoke into the hive short puffs down throw the corrugation from the non lit end your blowing will carry the smoke into the hive. Don't inhale!
     
  11. Slag

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    Card board sounds like a good idea. I could have used that while I was making the smoker. Thanks
     
  12. Slag

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    The first hive is looking busy. It has been going for 6 weeks. I don't know if I should be doing anything else for them at the moment. They abandoned the second one. I know it had a queen to start with because we put her in there. My guys think another bunch will move in. I don't know of any beekeeping shops in Ethiopia that I can buy a queen. Should I remove the comb from the abandoned hive? Hive 1 july 27.JPG hive 1 july27.JPG Hive 2 july 27 2012.JPG
     
  13. PerryBee

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    The old comb may prove attractive to any potential swarms in your area :thumbsup: (as long as moth of SHB are not around).