For small jobs I use a PVC pipe steamer. It's an 8 inch tube plugged on one end with a 1 1/2 inch Y inlet pipe (for the steam) about half way down, fiberglass rods to elevate the material and a tight fitting wooden plug on the end that is loaded/unloaded. The last time I used it I leaned it in a corner in my shop with both ends plugged... Today I was (still am) planning to steam a few small pieces of cherry that I've been soaking so I got the steamer out of the corner and hung it up to use it. When I pulled the plug out an odd odor greated my nose. Hm....why would that plug smell like that I thought...and then it dawned on me..."oh no, don't even go there". I put the plug back in and went looking for a flashlight so that I could see to the bottom of the tube, the end that had been pointing down while it was standing in the corner. With the light in hand, I pulled the plug out again and looked to the bottom to confirm my worst nightmare...mice had entered the Y inlet and had fallen to the bottom of the tube. They were not able to get back out again and more or less became one with my steamer. I boiled some water and I'm currently making mouse tea and hoping that I can remove these buggers out before I steam my pieces.... I have either invented a really elegant mouse trap or I've ruined my steamer...the jury is out.