Ok, I still haven't bought the AMZN yet, so maybe that should be my next purchase. Meanwhile, I'm still using the chip loader. Ok, I thought, "hey, it does well when I fill the loader almost to the top, but I fill it OVER the top, it'll smoker longer!" Good thing I have a window on my MES, because as I was watching it, I saw some smoke puffs (I get those sometime), and suddenly I saw flames down at the bottom! Pulled out the chip loader and could see that it was some chips that were just barely over the lip of the tray. So I pulled out the tray and sprayed some water lightly on the chips to calm them down, and all was good after that. Lesson: I guess you shouldn't overload the chip tray! Hey, a few questions for you AMZN users. 1) if you pull out the chip loader, do you have trouble getting your smoker to 275? And does it have to leave the heating element on longer and more often? 2) right now, I smoke for only about the first 1/3 of the time that I'm cooking, and we're all very happy with the amount of smoke, so I wouldn't use the pellets for the whole time. I guess it's easy enough to get only 1-2 hours of smoke from it. 3) have you used any other pellets with it? I'd like to see what other options there are for pellets. thanks, and watch out for fires! and Happy New Year!