I have the latest version of the MES 40 and I also purchased a AMNPS 5x8 to go with it because I didn't really want to sit around and fill the chip loader with chips every 20-30 minutes to get a deep smoked flavor that I like best. As the title of this thread suggests,, I can't seem to keep my pellets lit, I use a propane torch to get them started burning and then after about 10-15 minutes they have just plain petered out. As you can see, I have tried from both ends and they just smolder like they are supposed to for a while then nothing. I have tried setting up the MES like has been suggested here on another thread, pull out the chip tray, and then leave the chip loader tube out about 2 inches,, and it still failed. My only other thought would be that the pellets I have are moist, even though they haven't been in a place that would allow them to draw moisture. Is there a trick I am missing here? Is there a method of drying out the pellets before I start a smoke session? Thanks in advance!