Recently I have been giving lessons to a very nice lady who is taking up beekeeping. Since she didn't know what she needed to get started, I sent her links to Betterbee for several items, including smoker, veil, hive tool, etc. The veil looks very nice and the hive tool is fine, but I was very surprised when I picked up her smoker to show her how to light and operate it. Although it may look okay in a picture, it is made from a very thin metal and, frankly, is quite flimsy. It pales in comparison to my 20-year old smoker from Kelley. Now, I have not bought a smoker in awhile and perhaps they are all like this these days, but in the future I would look elsewhere for one.
On another note, their shipping schedule is inconsistent. The beesuit I ordered from them came within a week and I was very pleased. For her, it took about a week for her to get the first items, then over 3 weeks to get another veil she ordered for her grandson. Now we are waiting to see how long it will be to get the supers she ordered.