I don't know if I agree completely with that last post. Smoke isn't a necessity, I bought a smoker this year "just because" and it got exactly two uses before being shelved. If you work on your technique AND on yoru comfort levels which come with exposure, you do learn to be much less of an intrusion/intruder and the bees can gain a tendency to be more interested in what you are doing instead of seeking to get rid of you. One of the advantages of a TopBarHive is quite frankly that you become much less of an intruder.
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