Congrats on the new mes hotburn!!! I too just got my mes on christmas and in the beginning stages of learnin its tricks.First i would suggest getting a remote thremo,as i dont trust factory ones,mine is very close but i like the extra comfort in knowing.Second as i have learned the hardway,is wrap your waterpan and drip pan i foil!!!Thanks piney!!! Third there seems to be a hot spot in the back of the mes that you can fiw with alittle foil tent in the back.I too have not had a problem with producing smoke just have to add wood chips every 45min to a hour or so,but i solved that with a amns.Any questions just ask there are alot of great members here that are glad to help ya!!! I'm sure they will be along with there suggestions too as i am only a rookie with the mes.Good luck!!
Congrats on the new MES. I am another new owner of one after using charcoal and wood smokers for years. Like Les mentioned, get yourself an A-MAZE-N smoker and you won't be sorry you did. Good luck and heed the word of these people on here, they definitely know what they're doing.