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New Bee Hive Smoker Stainless Steel w/Heat Shield Beekeeping Equipment from VIVO (BEE-V001)

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  • Stainless Steel with Heat Shield
  • Roughly 11" in size
  • With mounting hook
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VIVO New Bee Hive Smoker, made from Stainless Steel with Heat Shield (Protective guard around smoker to prevent burns). Roughly 11" in size, with long nose as pictured or 4" x 7" if not including the nose. Also includes hook on side of heat shield for "mounting", as well as perforated removable fire base plate(to provide air pocket at bottom of smoker to ensure good air flow). The Bee Hive Smoker is easy and safe to use. The smokers helps calm bees with a cool smoke to help prevent stinging as well as to keep from harming your bees.


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I'm brand spanking new at bee keeping so I won't pretend to know what I'm talking about. The bottom get's very hot, so be careful setting down on a dry grass surface, it could start a fire. Okay, I almost lit a 20 acre field up in flames, so I do know what I'm talking about in this instance. I put a cement stepping block next to my box to safely set my smoker on for future inspections..
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By tmthmioa19 on September 11, 2013
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I've been a bee keeper for the past 10 years. I've used a couple of my old smokers and worked with other bee keepers. This smoker burns the fuel very fast and gets very hot. Too hot to use comfortably.
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Gets hot! Remember that.

Takes practice, seriously, practice with it!

Go get some old cotton shirts from thrift stores, rip into strips and tie tight knots in them. Drop into smoker, follow with lit KwikStart pellet or two, then top with GREEN grass or leaves. Works for 20-30 minutes.

Also, have a spray bottle with 50% sugar water, use that first. The bees will focus on sugar water instead of raiding honey from my experience.
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We're just getting into beekeeping, and all the experts say, you need a smoker like this. I've used it a few times, and it keeps my girls calm, or at least, preoccupied, while I check out their hive. It is well made, and a complicated device for the price. I think it's good value. It's easy to get a cool smoke with this. I just use a couple of wadded pieces of paper, which I light, then drop in a handful or two of dry straw or pine needles, When they're burning, I add a half-handful of fireplace wood pellets. We have fireplaces that burn them. I use the bellows with slow puffs to get these glowing, and I have more than enough smoke to go for the 30 - 40 minutes I need. By the way, you can buy small bags of the same wood pellets from some bee supply companies for about $20 each -- but why, when a 40 lb bag at your local home- or hardware- store is about $5?? That will last you for years!

Some reviewers said the bottom of the smoker got so hot it could start a grass fire when set down near the hive. To combat this, I studied my new smoker and saw a metal disc with holes in the bottom. This keeps the fire up a little, but not enough. There are three stamped (cut) "legs" in it, almost flat, so I bent those down to give me more like an inch of airspace from the bottom of the can. Works great! The whole thing still gets hot, but not enough to start fires, I hope. I put a brick near the hive to give me a safe place to park it while I do other things.

It's the bees-knees -- Recommended!
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This is a great smoker. Does what it is supposed to do..........smokes. Please note it comes with a clip on the bellows to hold them closed during shipping. That clip is metal without rounded edges. Be careful when removing it. I sliced my finger on it.
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By pbrdshaw on November 28, 2012
this smoker is a steal for the price! the bellows are well made and the heat shield is a must so you don't get burned . Item was packaged really well and was shipped really fast! I have VIVO as one of my favorites sellers. buy with confidence this isn't cheap stuff here. thank you VIVO.
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If you get this smoker you're accepting that the metal will be thin and the whole thing won't feel like high quality. That said, at this price point it's very well constructed and works great.

I was looking for a smoker because we have a bee problem in our roof and I'd read that if you smoke them over time, it'll trigger a natural reaction for them to eat up their store of honey in preparation for flight (smoke = possibility of fire in nature) and file out. Not wanting to kill the bees we tried to smoke them out. I bought some smoker chips before switching to pine needles that were in my backyard. The smoker was easy to setup and the hook was really handy. The tin gets discoloured immediately from first use, but I imagine it'll happen to all smokers. Based on how thin the metal felt, I was worried that the flame would burn through the metal, but this smoker lasted being nearly continuously lit for 5 straight daylight days now and it's staying together fine with no signs of the metal being burned through (smoker was refilled about every 20 mins.) Be careful when using this smoker because it gets VERY hot. Even with padded bee gloves on it was sometimes too hot to touch. I ended up switching to oven mitts. The other thing to keep in mind is that flames can shoot out of the bottom port.

While I was unfortunately unable to persuade the bees to bail, the part about a lot of smoke getting them to eat up their stores was true. When we finally opened up the roof after smoking the bees for 4 days the combs were very clean and didn't appear to have any honey in them. But the bees were still around in copious quantities. Overall, for my purposes this smoker was perfect and at a great price point, but if I were to keep a smoker for long term use (for example if I was a bee keeper) I'd probably opt to pay a little more to get a sturdier feeling smoker with thicker feeling metal.
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I was surprised to see this unit was either missing or was designed without an ember filter below the spout. I live in a high fire hazard area and also worry about my bees. When one presses on the bellows, embers tend to come out of a spout without such a guard or filter (see for example the Goodland design).
Separately, the footed grill on the bottom is a Mickey Mouse arrangement, very inconvenient when emptying the fuel ash. I prefer a removable fuel sleeve.
Several people have commented on how hot the bottom becomes during use. I wonder if they bent down the three feet on what I described as a footed grill. They arrive flat to the grill and have to be bent into shape by the buyer.
Finally, the grill guard is pot metal, not stainless, and the spout handle or tab gets extremely hot vs. a spring or insulated handle or tab.
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