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  2. Ha. No one says the real amount of hives so it’s hard to guess. We have around 250, I think we would be the smallest.
  3. Agreed Kaihoka, and keeping things clean makes a difference also. Didn't take long to put it together BRB, the time was spent in finding the bits to make it from. I would imagine that if someone had proper sources for supplies, and a production line type setup for making them, a person would be able to bang out quite a few in a short time. That's interesting Jamo, I'd like to have a chat with Norm Finlay but i don't know him, how can he be contacted? OK here's a pic, although it doesn't really say much, the real magic is probably on the inside. But i don't want to pull it apart just yet. Volume wise, i would guess it has probably 50% more internal volume than the one i just made, so that's 50% more air going through the smoker at each puff. What's the difference? Mostly size, if you hold the typhoon bellows against a dadant bellows, the typhoon ones are noticeably bigger. As to the valve, I don't know how the typhoon one works. But i have pulled apart the odd other types of bellows for a look and the valve is often jammed in a pertially open position, which would render the bellows a lot less effective.
  4. I had one hole bellows , they were junk . I have some two hole plastic bellows now . They are better . But sitting the smoker fuel in the car in the sun with the windows up made the most difference. We have pretty constant 60/ 70% humidity here .
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  6. Each to their own I guess. On the odd occasions I’ve got any I thought it was rank.
  7. It must be quite a flexible type. Hopefully it goes the distance for you. Did it take you long to make it?
  8. @Alastair have you got a pic of the old typhoon? whats the difference between a normal valved smoker and they typhoon?
  9. hell no, its awesome. used to be a hit at the market.
  10. Many yrs ago when I picked up my first wax melter from norm finlay he showed me his bellow making setup which was quite impressive. I understood he was making them for ceracell.
  11. Pinnacle

    Bayvarol

    And my post is definitely not relevant
  12. Then take it off line and discuss it there. There would appear to be too many crossed opinions on here to have a rational discussion.
  13. And tastes like 💩
  14. Yes I've been in touch with a couple here, unfortunately they were not helpful. Thanks for the offer Trevor, I intend to do some more investigation locally but if I don't get a good result I'll get back to you on it. The vinyl? I don't know exactly what it is I just went to an upholsterer and got an off cut. Not sure how long it will last, I would like to know myself, what is a good vinyl for the purpose.
  15. Go to a Mattress manufacturer. We have "The Bed Barn" down here. If you don't have any luck. Let me know and I will get you some.
  16. What material did you use?
  17. In the Otira valley we have a large S.Rata flowering every 4 to 5 yrs.Do not ask me why this happens.I have asked all thje botanists but even they cannot answer me.
  18. Used to be when I bought a new smoker, I would take the bellows off, throw them away, and put one of those Typhoon Bellows from Ceracell on. Those bellows could make any smoker perform twice as good. But sadly, due to the influx of cheap imports, which btw are mostly junk, and the reluctance of people to spend any money to get a decent smoker, unfortunately Ceracell stopped making the typhoon bellows. So now, my very last set of typhoon bellows has given out. So only option was get to work and make some, which I had a try at today. Unfortunately the spring I got was wrong so I was forced to make the bellows smaller than i would have liked, and not up to Typhoon standard. But, making it was a learning experience, and surprisingly easy. If anyone knows where I can get some mattress springs please let me know!! Anyhow below are the pics. The bellows have 2 holes this is important. One for blowing into the smoker, and one a valved inlet hole. One hole bellows are junk. Second pic with them screwed onto the smoker. Once I can get the right spring, I'll make some bellows that even surpass the mighty typhoon! 😉
  19. might have some in a months time. its rare to get.
  20. Philbee

    Bayvarol

    I remember that guy. Didnt he have an Avatar of a shirtless Beekeeper Well it probably is relevant since the issue was started in this thread and you have asked some questions in this thread. Clearly someone has been talking to me about you, What isnt clear is if we are both talking about the same person? Its probably worth the effort to clear it up
  21. Alastair

    Bayvarol

    The penny drops. 😄 Is your post relevant? This is a bayvarol thread.
  22. Philbee

    Bayvarol

    I have not a clue what this is all about. The person who referred to you has the first initial J as far as I know and I have met him and his wife Is Pinnacles post relevant?
  23. CraBee

    Bayvarol

    isn't that the guy from the back-blocks of gizzy with the varroa resistant bees?
  24. holy moly, that's alot of hives in the middle of the pines. I have to ask: they got any tucker around the brood?
  25. Alastair

    Bayvarol

    LOL you just won the funniest post of the year Pinnacle. 🤣 And Phil since you had information from him about me, clearly, you must have an idea.
  26. Pinnacle

    Bayvarol

    john jacob jingleheimer schmidt?
  27. Philbee

    Bayvarol

    I Have no idea. The person concerned has a first name beginning with J.
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