A smoker is a simple but extremely effective tool for calming bees. A small fire is started in the smoker using pine straw, leaves, pine cones or burlap. A bellows gets and keeps the fire going but you just want to create smoke a cool white smoke. Use the smoke sparingly as a little goes a long way. You can give a puff or two at the entrance and the same in the top. The smoke disorients the bees and keeps them calm while you are working in the hive. These smokes are stainless steel and are available in two sizes: 4”x7” and 4”x 9”.
These smokers are "light duty" and we would not recommend them for a commercial beekeeper but either one is fine for a Hobbyist Beekeeper.