Above is one example I found of what I'm talking about.
The Bee Smoker, as the name suggests, would behave just like a campfire in soothing bees. The reason I bring this to the table is simple: I've had too many bees simply wander into the campfire, and re-lighting/re-placing the fire also risks a bee flying in. The item would either continuously smoke (without fire damage) or could be right clicked to start/stop.
This bee-ing (sorry) Minecraft, they could take artistic liberty with the design. It could end up being a fine decorative piece as well as functional/non-lethal for beekeeping.
My suggested recipe would be surrounding a campfire with 8 iron ingots or nuggets.