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What Size Smoker Do You Use?

  • Mini Smoker

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  • Standard Smoker

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who has the oldest smoker?! post your pix!

just for fun i added the smaller one in, it’s 4â€tall, and really a novelty. the big smoker is 13†either made by root or dadant & son’s. the bellows on it is dadant & sons, and appears to have been replaced. i think this was made in the early to mid 1900’s, but am not sure. it was a gift to me when i started keeping bees, and my first smoker, although i don’t use it anymore, it’s more of a ‘treasure’ to me now.

if you don’t have an old smoker, post a picture of your ‘pride and joy’. i’d bee curious to see what everyone is using :grin:

 

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Don't have a close up but you get the idea. First smoker I ever got (used) and still in good shape. Someday will get a 10" with a guard (maybe Christmas?) :mrgreen:

 

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I don't know Riverbee, if I had to guess on that smoker I'd say 1980's...looks kind of new to me. Those machine staples...and is that a vinyl bellows?
 

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omie, the bellows is leather and i think the smoker itself may have been made by the root company, (not sure) just because of how it is attached, and the bellows on it (dadant & sons) appears as if it has been replaced, because of the screws. here's some similiar links to pix:

perry i am really impressed with that clean truck of yours! :grin: what type of smoker is that?

links omie:

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Darn, I could've won this one... ...I passed on a really old smoker at a garage sale a few months ago. It looked to be a fair bit older than yours to be sure!

Based on it's construction and dry-rotted bellows it likely would've been solely a decorative piece. At a $30 asking price and my wife not agreeing with me that it was at all "decorative"... ...I passed on it!
 

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Here's one I have, I don't really know how old it is, but definitely more than 20 yrs old I'd say.
No ID markings left on it. It was given to someone who gave it to someone who gave it to me, so no idea where it came from really. The bellows leaks so would need replacing to use it again.
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I just posted a poll for this thread so all could enjoy and share what they are using! So many different sizes, be interested to see what the most used size of smoker is.


Kebee, that is just plain wrong you have only used that smoker twice:grin:
 

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LOL omie, (about perry's smoker):lol:
it would be very 'cool' to determine approximately when some of these were manufactured....some research.

Paul said:
"Darn, I could've won this one... ...I passed on a really old smoker at a garage sale a few months ago."

that's cheating, i said who has the oldest smoker, not one you go out and buy at a garage sale:lol:
 

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I suspect smokers are often made for many years without a change in design, U.S. designs can be similar from one maker to another, they are often left in sheds and barns so they may age quickly... it could be hard to pinpoint their age unless they had names on them or were an unusual design.
 

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Early 1970, my first smoker and still used today. It is a "Woodman Famous Bee-Ware". If memory serves me right it was a plain steel type and I sprayed it with cold galvanizing paint years ago. The bellows is nawgerhyde :lol: and I have taken it apart once or twice. Might have come from Sears, not sure.
 

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F.W.Jones on the left (2010) and Dadant on the right (2011).



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