I got a very nice smoker as a present but am not using it and I never will because thanks to Phil Chandler I found that a plastic spray bottle with plain water works like a charm bees dont like to be outside if its rainy so when i spray them they all move into the hive
In nature smoke is connected with fire so logic sais they do get alarmed. Rain drops mean no panic but simply go under the roof
I too have problems with comb curving at the ends. I try to cut 2 inch into the comb where attached and simply push it back inline with the top bar hive. So far they still go back to curving it. Im sure there is a reason to this. Nature does not tend to be linear but curved. Im thinking whether streight top bars are the perfect solution?