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I am starting again with new equipment so need to buy a new smoker. I was fairly happy with my Thorne Etna type, now in the care of my brother who is taking over all my current gear and hives.

So is there anything better out there? Any particularly good quality suppliers? Maisemore seem to have different models, and I've been looking at Rauchboy.

Any suggestions?
 

Onge 

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Ive been looking for the large size Rauchboy so if you find a supplier let us know.

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Ando 

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Whilst on the beginners course this year, the Local bee insp (now National) recommended a Dadant smoker saying they were the best in his opinion. Looked good and big as well, you can tell them by the big D in the bellow part of the smoker.

HTH

Mark.
 

marklaverda 

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Why is a big smoker such an advantage? I use a tiny (30year old??) smoker and have never used more than a sniff of smoke on all my bees.This has always worked for me, and I am interested to hear why a large smoker is better.
 

FROGDOGDIVER 

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I am starting again with new equipment so need to buy a new smoker. I was fairly happy with my Thorne Etna type, now in the care of my brother who is taking over all my current gear and hives.

So is there anything better out there? Any particularly good quality suppliers? Maisemore seem to have different models, and I've been looking at Rauchboy.

Any suggestions?

Here is a link I found for the RauchBoy. http://www.rauchboy.de.vu/ prices seem quite reasonable.

Ps: is there any truth in you heading off to Hong Kong to live??
 

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Why is a big smoker such an advantage?
I suppose the theory being a bigger smoke will hold more and therefore burn longer.

I got an old but large second hand smoke and it burns really slowly and produces just the right amount of cool smoke. Compared to this, a newer but smaller smoker I picked up at the Spring Convention just burns away like nobodies business, smoking me out as well as the bees, and often needs one or more refills.
 

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