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Discussion in 'Messages for All Guests and Members' started by eman, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    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.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2010
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  2. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Great post Eman.

    It would help if more people would put where they reside in their "Bios" page (Community Profile).

    We don't need your address, or even your town, if you don't want to say. 

    Just like, "S/E such & such state" would be a big help.

    Then that will end up just below the Date, at the top right of all of your posts.


    Last edited: Dec 8, 2010
  3. placebo

    placebo Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Agreed great post eman. Should be a sticky.
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Very nice there Bob. Now I believe thats what Jeff wanted when he started this place. He wanted a place where anyone could come into and feel wanted and ask questions and get answers and smart a... remarks. Well most of the time but we will kid with you too. So sit back enjoy and learn I have, and alot of us here started out right where alot of the Newbies are right now. 
  5. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Great post Eman !!

    In addiition to what Eman said, I would like to add this:

    Most of the time if you are looking for a recipe or proceedure you should go to the search bar at the top and type in what you need. If no results, go to the Main fourms  page and scroll down and look at the subject you need help with.  There are different subject headings there to guide you to the right threads.

    Example - if you want help smoking a chicken, go the the main page, scroll down and find Poultry then look thru the threads. This will get you info immediately. If you don't find what you need or want to ask for more info post up what you need.

    What I see happening more and more is that the newer folks dont use the existing info on the forum and have to sit and wait for one of us to answer their question. Beleive me when I tell you that 90% of what you are going to ask has already been covered in one of these threads.  We are happy to help anytime but reading the forums will give you a wealth of knowledge we can not give you in a single answer
  6. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    That's why I told so many:

    Find a recipe that is already out there (I have a few right in my signature), or combine a couple of recipes.

    Write up a plan from looking at what others have done. Then put the whole plan in a post, and let some veterans take a look at it, and make some suggestions for you.

    That way, if your plan has something dangerous in it, we can help you change it, before it's too late.

  7. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Excellent post Eman!

    If members give us more info, the better we can help. 
  8. smokeamotive

    smokeamotive Smoking Fanatic

    Great post Eman![​IMG]  BTW I pick up my new MES 40 on friday! Thnx
  9. You can search within each forum for information too. At the top of the page in each forum there is a link "Search this forum". It cuts down on the results

    and makes it easier to find what you need. You can also search threads the same way.

    Good thread Eman. 
  10. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    good post............
  11. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    It is time to bump this one again
  12. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Great post Eman! Just ask we will help. I would like to add that if you live on the east coast and ask a member from the west coast a question just remember the time difference. We are not ignoring you. [​IMG]
  13. Well said eman. I think it would be nice for new members to have a short e-handbook when they join. Maybe just a short explanation of decorum and a guide to getting the most out of the forum. I know it would have helped me when I first joined back in August, I had never been a member of any sort of forum prior to SMF. Just my thoughts.

  14. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Well written and to the point, Eman.
  15. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    That's a good idea steve, It would have to be approved and  installed by one of the  powers that be.

  16. bamaboy

    bamaboy Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

  17. Thanks eman, I think it would get folks off to a nice start on the site. Everyday you see someone post a question and its their very first post and you have almost no info to go on. Then they either get an answer or they are ignored. If these people knew to go to roll call first and also had a little info on the ins and outs of SMF, it may encourage more people to stay with the forum and become contributing members.

  18. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Great post Bob...
  19. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    I'm bumping this great thread, because TOOOOOOOO many people don't say where they live.

    When you say your smoker has trouble keeping up in temp, it has a different kind of problem if you live in Florida, than if you live in North Dakota!


  20. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    .... well over this last week or so I think some of the folks in Florida feel like they got relocated to North Dakota! LOL

    Like Bear and everybody said, the more info you can provide when asking a question the better we can help you, and don't be afraid of asking somthing because you think it might sound dumb. I can't tell you how many dumb mistakes I have made (and eaten) and could have avoided by simply asking... lol.