I bought two hives from a friend who has raised them for 25 years. Today was my first time visiting them, and boy what a rush! One of the hives had no queen so we transferred a brood chamber from the stronger hive to the weaker one.
The smoker wouldn't light and it was 87 degrees so I guess they were really angry (according to my friend) and attacking extra ferociously. My Ultrabreeze suit was wonderful; I was completely sting free on the body even though the bees were so thick on the veil that I had a hard time seeing through them at some points. I will be looking into getting different gloves. I just used the gloves he had, which were light cloth. I was stung 6 or 7 times on the hands through those gloves. Ouch.
Anyway, that is my introduction. I look forward to learning more about this bee keeping stuff!