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Yes we Can!

When we started bee keeping, there was plenty of stuff that we could get to do the work.

Some of it had big price tags.

And some of it seemed a bit very unjustified.

As one of our teachers put it:

A honey bucket is just a bucket in any other situation.

I guess it’s like flowers on Valentine’s Day.

One such example of costly item, though useful was the smoker.

We no longer use smoke with bees as wwe’ve found other methods.

However, here’s the smoker we used to use.

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Yep.

It’s a bean tin.

We really didn’t want to buy one so this is what we came up with.

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As you can see it’s really just a tin. We made a bellows with wood and leather. Then made a connecting hole to the tin and joined the two together. It also needed a lid with a pipe to direct the smoke.

Simple, recycled and repurposed. Cheap too.

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7 comments on “Yes we Can!

  1. Great read. Awesome ingenuity. Looking forward to my decking makeover next term :o)

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Grower
    February 26, 2015

    That is so cool. It pays to have some skills.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Dan
    February 26, 2015

    That’s really impressive!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Rambling Woods
    February 26, 2015

    very cool I think…

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Emma Sarah Tennant
    February 28, 2015

    That is the nicest smoker I’ve ever seen. Definitely worthy of sharing in our association newsletter.

    Liked by 2 people

    • lizard100
      February 28, 2015

      Thanks so much. It’s a cute little beast. If you want to share please do. We’d be honoured.

      Liked by 1 person

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