This is going to sound very elementary, but I'm a beginner. Also, I was in 4H, not the boy scouts. There seems to be a secret to getting the smoker going and keeping it going. It never fails, I will be in the hive and the darned thing will quit on me. I end up with some bees that are VERY unhappy with me. It's impossible to relight with gloves on. I have seen beekeepers use everything from dried sumac buds to old blue jeans. Others seem to layer twigs and leaves with great success. Any suggestions from the more experienced beekeepers?