How to Light a Bee Smoker
Keeping Your Smoker Lit Throughout the Beehive InspectionPromoted by Miller Bee Supply
Today we are going to show you how to light a bee smoker to perform a beehive inspection.
Start with a fistful of shavings and place them in the smoker. I use a long lighter to light my flame.
The first goal is to get a nice flame on the shavings. That takes some time and some patience. Fan the fire to build up the flame. Be careful, you don’t want to get burned as the flame grows.
Again, it’s best to be patient and let the flame establish itself. Don’t rush the process. You don’t want your smoker to go out mid-inspection.
When you have a good flame going, layer on more fuel. Now we don’t want to make an even bigger flame. We just want to keep the bottom hot so it makes the wood smolder.
By filling up my smoker, you are accomplishing two things:
The first purpose is to give us plenty of fuel for a full inspection.
The second purpose is to filter the heat so the smoke is coming out cool. This is important so we don’t burn the bees.
Now close your smoker and go to the hives for your inspection.