Re: Do you Smoke your bees?
As beeware10 implied, listen to your bees. They will tell you what you can get away with. Have your smoker lit and at hand. If you don't have it, when the bees tell you that you should have used it, it will be too late.
To me, a Beekeeper w/out a smoker is like a Carpenter w/out a hammer. You don't always have to use it, but if you don't have it, and have it lit, you can't use it. You need to learn how to use your smoker. How to light it and keep it lit. How to use smoke when working your bees. How much is too little and too much. It takes practice.
"Most of my exercise comes from wrestling with pigs and beating dead horses."