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Hello from Western New York


Meat Mopper
Joined Feb 1, 2011
My name's Ron.  I'm in South Western New York, just above the PA border.  I work for NY State during the week, & on weekends manage conventions for Troma Entertainment, the film company responsible for the 80s classic The Toxic Avenger, as well as about 800 others.

Been lurking here for a few months, finally got around to buying a 40" MES last week.  The info & tips I've picked up from here already has been invaluable. So far I've only had time to smoke 1 pork butt.  Turned out great, but showed me that I have problems with the MES thermostat.  What I thought was a normal 160 stall never picked up again until I took a different temp reading & saw that my interior temp was only 190, not 225.  But without this forum I would have been lost.  So I'm looking forward to learning more & lost of future smokes.


Epic Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Joined Jul 26, 2009
Welcome Ron

Glad to have you here with us. Great news on the new MES40 - take the time to check out the AMNSand you will be a very happy camper


Rest in peace. Lost but not forgotten!!
Staff member
OTBS Member
Joined Feb 3, 2009
Welcome ron.

 The AMNS is a great smoking tool but has nothing to do w/ your temps .

   I have owned an MES for a few years and they are notorius for the temps being offf ( both high and low ) from the digital reading.

 Best bet is to get a good digital thermometer and figure out what your actual temps are and then you know how much to add or subtract  from your mes reading.  Mine runs about 15 - 20 ° lower than the reading on the MES read out.


Epic Pitmaster
OTBS Member
Joined May 1, 2007
Welcome to SMF, Glad to have you with us.

This is the place to learn, lots of good info and helpful friendly Members.

For those of you new to Smoking, be sure to check out Jeff's 5 Day Smoking Basics eCourse.

Click Here it's "FREE" ... 5 Day eCourseE

Also for those of you new to smoking,  Get a good Probe Thermometer as we smoke by Temperature NOT TIME.

A good choice for a remote dual probe thermometer is the Maverick ET-732


Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Joined Feb 3, 2009
Welcome to the forums Tom, I use to drive thru Cuba all the time on my way to Olean......Beautiful country!

Looking forward to some Q-views from your new smoker.



SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster
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Joined Jun 22, 2009
Welcome to SMF, glad you finally joined us.


Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
Joined Sep 25, 2007
Howdy Ron.

Gotta luv the Toxic avenger.

That boy had better luck with the ladies than me!



Smoking Fanatic
Joined Jun 28, 2010
:welcome1: to SMF. Glad your here. Looking forward to some q-view!:grilling_smilie:


Meat Mopper
Joined Feb 1, 2011
Haha!  You might need quite a few Killians to get through parts 2 & 3.  Part 4 is my favorite.  Part 5 is being written now, with any luck it'll go into production sometime next year.  If this doesn't get you out of your rut, get a bunch more Killians & que up Poultrygeist.  I had a couple small parts in that one.


Legendary Pitmaster
SMF Premier Member
Joined Oct 17, 2009
Welcome to the SMF. Glad to have you here. Lots of good folks, great recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to your first qview.

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