Damaged one is smoking now! :) Dry chips this time, as other suggested. I never had that problem before with soaked chips, but hey whatever makes it work. I guess you guys that always go dry in the MES are right, since the chips are not going on a direct fire like in a stick burner, soaking is not needed.
My back up is breaking in now just in case, but from the video link posted in this thread it looks like it does need the retrofit. I hope i can pull off this smoke with the old one so I can retro before I actually smoke in it.