I want to give credit where it is due, I have spent a lot of time watching the “Fat Bee Man” on YouTube. Today’s post is my adaptation of his technique of how to start lighting a bee smoker.
The trick is to get a lot of smoke, but not a lot of heat. Which in my experience is not all that easy.
What you need is cardboard strips and wither shredded paper, straw, burlap – or natural baling twine (I uses smoker pellets in mine, but I won’t be reordering them once I use them all up).
Basically, you take a cardboard strip and roll it tightly and insert it in the smoker, it will unroll. Then top it off with some easily lit tinder. Light it, and blow air into the smoker by pressing the bellows – you should be able to hear the combustion.
Once it is lit and burning well, top it off with your fuel.
Lighting a Bee Smoker is a skill that takes some experience to master, but creating a cool smoke and using it appropriately is a skill every beekeeper needs to acquire.
I did not use a smoker at one time, but as time goes on I rely on it more and more. Over time, I decided I don’t like getting stung.