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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|Manufacturer Part Number||BEE-V001|
|Package Height||5.1 x 8.7 x 10.6 inches|
|Shipping Weight||1.95 pounds|
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My second one as a backup/secondary. Really nice for the price. Works quite well.Published 6 days ago by pcdiver
Anyone involved in bee keeping knows that keeping costs down is important. This smoker is identical to my previous one and was about half the price, arrived in excellent condition... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Smoky
this is part of a Christmas gift so cannot comment on how it works but it is as advertised and arrived as promisedPublished 24 days ago by GMa
I just finished my first year beekeeping. As any beginner knows, it can be expensive getting all the required equipment. I tried to save money where I could. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jimmy D