How To Keep A Smoker Going

As a beekeeper, do you ever get annoyed when your smoker goes out?  It always seems to happen when you need it most.  I have made a video on how to keep your smoker going and this video will give you some great advice on how to keep your smoker going.

As background:- by smoker I mean a beekeeping smoker, (sometimes called a bee smoker) which is used to control honey bees when inspecting a hive.  Many beekeepers experience problems with their smokers going out, and for a beekeeper, keeping their smoker going during a hive inspection is really important.  I describe the principles behind making smoke, my choice of smoker fuel, I show how I modified my smoker to improve its performance, how I light a smoker and talk about keeping the smoker’s air ways clear.

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Bees on Roof

I was called out to collect a swarm which was at the top of a tall conifer tree.  I was able to take some, but not all, of the honeybees and I placed them in a nucleus hive.  I think I was hoping that I might have got the Queen bee.   I took the nucleus hive back home.

To my shock and surprise, the next day I was greeted with a swarm of bees congregating on pieces of beekeeping equipment I had left on my wood bunker.  The swarm had followed me home!  Whilst the notion of bees turning up at the beekeeper’s house and making use of an accidental hive is a kind of serendipity, it does pose the question where should I put them because they couldn’t stay on the wood bunker.  Find out more by watching my latest video.

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Don't Blame The Beekeepers - a response to ThuleanPerspective

Don’t Blame The Beekeepers – A Response to ThuleanPerspective

A video on the Thulean Perspective YouTube Channel, Varg Vilkernes says beekeepers are thieves and you shouldn’t buy honey.  But is this correct?  In a world where honeybees’ natural habit is becoming scarce and modern farming is harming pollinators, would the disappearance of beekeepers improve the lot of the honeybee?


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LoveHoney, Sex, Love Honey

Should ‘LoveHoney’ Be Allowed To Use The Word ‘Honey’ In Its Name?

Corporate appropriation of words enriches the corporation but not necessarily the language.  ‘LoveHoney’ is a corporation that sells, for want of a better word, adult paraphernalia.  If the word ‘honey’ become synonymous with sex, will this have consequences for those people, like me, who sell honey and promote beekeeping.  Let’s find out.

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Did Victorian Pesticides Kill Bees?

Mr Woodley poses the question as to whether ‘spraying fruit-trees is prejudicial to beeculture?’ in other words does spraying fruit-trees kill bees?

Victorians used arsenic based pesticides, some with exotic names such as ‘Paris Green’ and ‘London Purple’. The answer to Mr Woodley’s question is not as straight forward as it would first appear.  A tragic turn of events in 1925 reveals the real nature of pesticide spraying.  I explain all in my latest video.


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How to Move a One-Tonne Pallet of Heat Logs by Hand?

How are we going to move a one-tonne pallet of heat logs which have been delivered 50 metres away from the log store?  Let’s find out!

I forgot to mention we have no front door road access, the Green in front of our house is water-logged, the refuse collection lorry is coming and the neighbour gives us grief with large deliveries.

The starting point of this challenge is the roadside at the bottom of the slope, where the pallet of heat logs sits.  Load the car with 24 heat logs (one quarter of the pallet) then drive to the mall hard standing on the edge of the Green.

At the Green we need to be aware of the following:-

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