I did my first cook in my new MES 30 Bluetooth yesterday using a A_MAZE_N 6" tube and alder pellets. I cooked 2-2-1 at 225°and had plenty of white smoke for the first two hours. The ribs turned out good but they were black and the grill has quite a build-up of residue. The water pan has a build-up on it that won't wash off using soap and water. Below is a picture of my original placement of the 6" tube, which was against the heating element case. So I took some wire and formed a holder for the tube to get it farther from the heating element thinking it might have been too close. First: Are the ribs supposed to be black with this almost rock hard residue? Second: Is my choice of alder pellets a mistake? Finally: Does the new stand look like it will be better placement for the tube? Thanks for any help and advice you can offer. Terry Oh, next time I will probably use my BGE for ribs (and try the 6" tube) but want to cook pulled pork, chuck roast, smoked bologna, chuckies and more on the MES because I don't like getting up every hour or so through the night to make sure the fire is still good. Being retired for 4 years now I guess I am getting a little on the lazy side. That doesn't mean I have to give up my "Q" though.