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HOW TO light a long lasting bee smoker quickly and easily in only minutes, that will smolder for hours.
An essential skill for anyone starting out in the beekeeping hobby or beekeeping industry. We have many smokers available at our online store http://www.mahakobees.com/store.html ready for immediate shipping (mostly free in USA), so feel free to visit and get yourself a smoker or an entire backyard beekeeping starter kit if you are ready to indulge in this excellent earth saving hobby as an apiarist.
A bee smoker is essential for a beekeeper. Most beekeepers will not undertake a regular hive inspection without a well lit bee smoker. The cold smoke masks the pheromones of the guard bees and alerts the bees that a fire may be approaching. This helps the bee keeper because the bees gorge on honey, fill their stomachs in preparation for an urgent migration if necessary. Once the bee stomach is full, they are less likely to fly around and sting the beekeeper doing the beehive inspection in their apiary.
This video describes full instructions to light a bee smoker, items needed, and the step by step guide to a successfully smoldering beekeepers smoker. The steps outline using hay and wood filings, but also a layer of insulating cardboard (or ideally non-toxic paper as correctly noted by Honey-B-guys in the comments below), which protects the bee smoker itself, insulates the heat, and certainly maintains the smoldering coals a lot longer than usual. Make sure you pack the smoker well for a long and easily reinvigorated smoke with just a few puffs of the bellows.
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