I have a new MES30 and of course, I'm using the AMNPS. I've had two good smokes (pork butt and turkey breast) so everybody is happy (even the wife). I have tried to do as much research as possible with regard to the use of these tools so I think I'm good shape but I do have a quick question. During my last smoke, I decided to light the other end of the AMNPS at about 1 hour into the smoke. I was amazed at how quickly I had great "coals" - seemed like a minute or two. The reason for lighting the other end was to create more smoke and it worked like a charm. I realize I still have some more tweaking to do but the results were interesting nonetheless. So my question is, does it make sense to preheat the AMNPS with the pellets while you're bringing the smoker up to temp - then light the pellets? It sure seemed like having warm pellets helped the process. Think I'll give it a whirl next time.