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But that is not the main reason that I usually forego the cigarette smoker, except on very protective hives. The straightforward fact is I just could never ever maintain the smoker lit. Cheerfully, beekeeper Pat Ray has actually highlight my delima, and my bee hive smoker now stays illuminated.

Previously, my smoker would light, and I’d work a hive. Following the first few blasts, I didn’t require the smoker. After that I’d go on to another hive. Extremely likey I didn’t need one there. Luck does not hold forever. At some point I’d struck a touchy hive and grab my smoker, which will be out.

I attempted different ideas: Paper with components of lumber to make a base, then larger dried out pieces of wood on that seemed a good idea – not for me personally nonetheless. Eventually I’d simply grab a handful of straw, twist it into a circle to create a chimney, light that and include dry maple leaves. As I keep goats along with bees on our cedar and maple covered farm, I have a vast availability of straw and leaves. This works well with a fast hit, but burns off out quickly.

Pat’s gas of preference is burlap, acquired from coffee roasters. The burlap is slashed into squares which may be quickly stashed in a truck or a bee case.

He noticed that when I constantly unload my cigarette smoker whenever I’m done with it, I’m generating a problem for myself. I’m removing most of the dried out, crispy bits that can help light the cigarette smoker when I need it. So the very first time we utilized their technique, I simply place torn, dry newspaper at the end of my really bare cigarette smoker, lit that and included the burlap. After that we used his guidance.


Take away the crispy, burnable burlap, remaining from the last time you used the cigarette smoker.

Knock out any ash

Added crispy, burnable things in – if you can choose it up it's going to burn (or put in the ripped newsprint in the event that you don’t have).

Light your burlap square.

Hold it so the crispy bits catch the flame.


Add the latest, burning up burlap square – loosely, allow it to catch and breathe.

Close top firmly

Before long, drive the burning burlap down somewhat but not tight.

This keeps the burning up bits in contact.

Don't forget to pump it even when maybe not in active usage.

Keep more burlap squares within pocket to incorporate as required.


Try not to empty the smoker whenever you’re done.

Close up the smoke holes (Pat uses a clear shotgun shell casing pressed to the “spout”)

Allow the smoker fuel pass away out on its own. This makes the crispy, burnable stuff for the next time.

Pat’s method is straightforward, effective, and will leave me wondering “why performedn’t I think of that before?” But that is the delight of seeing and dealing along with other beekeepers.

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