Dadant Professional Smoker 7 * 4
The Dadant Professional Smoker is generally regarded as the best smoker available anywhere and the larger 10" long bodied version is widely used by bee farmers in the UK and around the World. However, for those with fewer hives or wanting a smoker a little easier to handle this 7" long model is ideal. Apart from body length it is identical to the larger 10" * 4" model we also stock. Very easy to use and hold because of the lip around the bellows which allows the fingers a very secure grip.
The easiest fuel to obtain and use are wood shavings which you can buy from pet suppliers, where it is sold for animal bedding. Sprinkle a small amount in the bottom of the smoker, add a small twist of newspaper and light with a long match, gently squeezing the bellows until the wood shavings are burning well. Then slowly add more shavings, a handful at a time, on each occasion using the bellows to keep it alight. Giving the smoker a shake in between each addition of fuel. When there is a good deep bed of hot burning shavings you can fill the smoker to the top. You can also start a smoker with a gas blowlamp, and this is probably the quickest, but do not push the end of the blowlamp too deeply into the smoker or it will go out.
While doing your rounds of the hives give the smoker a puff of air from time to time to keep it alight and top up with shavings before it goes out!
When finished, plug the smoke outlet with some wet grass and lay the smoker down in an airtight and heat proof container, such as a metal biscuit tin. Alternatively, lay it on its side somewhere out of reach of children and where it can't set fire to anything until it goes out and cools naturally.