I usually lite the smoker first because then I don't have own the hood any longer than necessary, it's hot down here. And after you have a heart attack memory gets even worst. And wait till you get some more age on you. You learn a few ways to help with the things you will need. I have a big shelf in the shop where I hang bee suit there and have liter, smoker, hive tools, brush, gloves, beetle traps, shredded paper and bucket of wood chips all right there. Close by is dollie, and supers with foundation. And that's about all the things that really matter. Good luck to all you young whipper snappers.