This message is for every member ,Especially the newer ones. Here at SMF we will bend over backwards to help anyone at anytime learn this craft called smoking. But when you ask for help we need some information . 1st we need to know what type of smoker you are using? Wood ,charcoal ,gas or electric. 2nd , we need to know where you are located ? believe it or not, It can make a big difference if your in lowlands of mississippi or the mountains of colorado. 3rd. We need to know how much if any smoking experiance you have w/ the smoker you are using . This also makes a BIG difference in how we give advice. 4th . If someone here on the site gives you advice and you aren't sure that they are right Just hang around and get a consensus from other members . ( I would recomend you do this anyway) If you see OTBS out by someones name that means is they have been on the site for a certian ammount of time and that they have demonstrated to the powers that be that they have knowledge about the proper and safe way to smoke . Also most of the time they can be trusted to give good advice. I said most of the time because we all make mistakes . I have done it and others here have too. If you come on the site and post something that is considered unsafe I ,We ,Most of us will let you know that it is an unsafe practice. Don't get mad at the messenger. Just ask questions and we will be happy to explain why it is unsafe and how if possible to correct it. We at SMF are here to smoke and have fun but most of all ,WE ARE HERE TO HELP EACH AND EVERYONE OF US BECOME BETTER AT OUR CRAFT.