I see the smoker conversations ranging from the "apisolis smoker gadget" to "how the heck do I keep a smoker lit?"
Every time the talk turns to smokers I listen sympathetically and then tell what has saved me from eating a lot of smoke.
When I started using Top Bar hives I was looking for a better way of getting the little fuzzy bugs back in the hive so I could put the bars together. I came across someone (I think it was Phil Chandler) using a spray bottle filled with water and a scent. I tried it and it worked great for me. I now use a spray bottle with 2 or 3 drops of spearmint essential oil in it. I spring for the $5 gray bottles that are meant for chemicals just because I like the grip.
It works so well that I now use it on my Lang hives. I use it the same as a smoker. I pump a couple sprays when I pop the cover (I have screened inner covers) and then wait a few seconds. After that I spritz the bees when I want to calm them or move them. It's also nice to spritz yourself through the veil on those hot bee yard days.
It also saves a lot of time and energy getting smoker fuel, lighting the smoker, keeping the smoker lit, keeping the smoke out of your face, making sure you don't burn something, putting the smoker out, and keeping it clean.
You can use any scent you like EXCEPT BANANA OR LEMON.