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Smokers: Anyone use wood pellets?


Getting my bees in a couple weeks – putting everything together and getting things ready…

On the subject of smokers, I have a question: Wood Pellets as fuel. Does anyone use these?

The reason I ask is because I cook outside with a Pellet Grill and have LOTS of this stuff around. I figure if I can smoke a brisket with it, can’t I smoke bees with it?



Some people do. My only worry is that the smoke can get quite hot. You could reduce that by putting a handful of greenery on top, like fresh grass, green leaves etc.



Yip ! I do. ! I start with couple paper towels, next I use wood chips that I buy for my chicken coop bedding (non-cedar), the as that gets going I add pellets total of several handfuls. ( I have 6 to 8 hives to work n hate the smoker dying out) … Then as Dawn has wisely stated I add green leaves or grass to keep it smoldering n cooler.

At times I use what ever is handy like any good ex-Boy Scout. :wink::+1:.



Hi Michael, I recently started using wood shaving from an electric planer after reading on this forum, I think it was @DextersShed said that wood shavings last a long time. Once I get my fire going with cardboard, I add the wood shavings mixed with sawdust & it keeps going for a surprisingly long time. It burns right down with very little tar or buildup on the inside of the smoker. So that’s something to think about.


The wood chips seem to be good. What type of wood chips are you using now?

What type of wood that you are using to make wood chips? Can you recommend the good type? Thanks.


Hi Ken, I have been using pine, could be hoop pine, I’m not sure what type of pine lately. It smokes well. I think any wood you have laying around is fine. Anything you find for free is always good. Even throw away pallet wood should be good.


Thanks. I will give it a try :wink: