I don't use a smoker and I usually wear shorts and a tee-shirt weather permitting (now that I live in iowa, sometimes its jeans and a sweatshirt). Some bees get antsy but I get stung maybe 3 or 4 times a visit to my yards and I work through a few hundred hives.
A veil is a necessity even if you don't use it all the time, sometimes you'll have a hive that you can't work without a veil. I don't use a smaoker because one of my buyers will only buy honey that I have legally committed to being smoke free. Smoke does get into the honey no matter how careful you are with it.
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