Natural Beekeeping

Top Bar ApiRevolution has begun! Lets make some inexpensive Top Bar Hives and let them be pesticide free on their own natural comb! Che Guebee is a rebel bee fighting for the survival of the Biodiversity we all depend on and which is seriously endangered by deforestation and mono-crop agriculture! What kind of teaching have you got if you exclude nature?

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Tinder Fungus as a Bee Smoker Fuel

Tinder Fungus is a very good material to use as a fuel for the bee smoker. This fungus can be found often on Birch trees especially the ones which are dying or are already rotten. Tinder Fungus burns slowly and produces fine smoke which is not hot. Once the fungus pieces stop smoking just ad more fungus to the fine embers they have made.
 Tiner Fungus
Chopping it into smaller pieces
 Gathering the equipment; The smoker, smoker insert which is made from a metal tin with many holes which are to feed the fuel with constant oxygen, tinder fungus pieces, newspapers to start the fire but dry grass can be used for this as well, and matches.
 Fill the smoker with paper and ignite it...
place the fungus pieces on top of the paper and start pumping the oxygen ...
 close the smoker and start smoking some bees ;)
 I left the smoker outside and after about 15 minutes it was still smoking. The fungus eventualy will stop smoking but it creates such fine embers which last long. It is enough to place a few more Tinder Fungus pieces into the smoker and the smoke is on again.
I will use the smoker only if Im doing a deep inspection or if dealing with a very angry colony. Otherwise I will use a water spray for quick inspections.
Just make sure not to cut your self with the ax when chopping the fungus!!!

2 comments:

  1. I dont understand why you use the smoker? We always talk about dont stress the bees and here we are talking about the total disaster for the bees, a fire and they have to prepare for abundance the hive.

    I think its much better to spray water, healthier for both beekeeper and bees and a much cheeper and easier to handle.

    I have no thougts of going back to use smoker since I start with spraying water(very seldom).

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  2. I agree! I rather use nothing or water spray but in case of a very agressive colony smoke will cover up the attack pheromon released by the bee stingers.

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