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Diary of a Learner Beekeeper


In October 2015 I …










Many of these items can be bought as a starter kit (which also includes a Queen clip catcher) together with beesuit. (See suppliers’ page.)

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Smoker (I use a cork to cover smoker when not in use)

Hive Tool

Bee Brush (very soft)

Frame grip lifter

Notebook

Equipment carrier (I use a cleaning caddy/tote tray but a bucket will do)

Lighter (or small blow torch) to light cartridges

Uncapping Fork

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Top Tips:

For the smoker, I currently use cartridges I bought with smoker (until I gain confidence in lighting it), but you can use toilet rolls, tightly packed, as a cheaper option to cartridges.  (See Summer Diary for info.)

Beekeepers have their own preferred methods of using a smoker.  My mentor lights dried wood, places it in the smoker and adds old sacking on top.