Module 6: Hive Tools and Equipment
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Key Beekeeping Tools
There are six main beekeeping tools.
Hive tool – used to lifting and work frame
Frame Grip – used to pull the frame out of box
Bee Brush – used to brush off bees
Bee Suit – used to protect wearer’s body from stings
Gloves – used to protect wearer’s hands from stings
Smoker – used to calm the bees
How to use a smoker.
Begin with crumpled newspaper, banana leaf or wood chips lightly packed.
Light the fuel, wait until it burns on its own, and then push it down to the bottom of the smoker with your hive tool.
Squeeze the bellows a few times to force air up through the lightly-packed fuel.
Add more fuel to the well lit flame and close lid
Once the fire is burning lustily and flames are licking the insides of the fuel chamber, you can add larger fuel and more oxygen and use it.
Pump bellow to release smoke into box
When done, empty ash onto mud or wet soil or extinguish with water