Great ideas for smoker fuel...thanks! I plan to try them all.
Regarding the bees eating the honey when smoked and losing production time because of that, I read in one of my bee books that after it's over, the bees just regurgitate the honey and don't really lose any time/honey because of it. I'm no expert, that's just what I read. I haven't noticed any adverse effects from smoking myself, and I probably did too much when I first started. I have used sugar water spray as well, though mostly with swarms. I was afraid it would cause robbing in the bee yard.