Got my model 2 today. Everything good that I read in reviews about quality of this smoker is right here in front of my eyes.
I had two quick observations during seasoning of the smoker.
First according to manufacturer you only need 4 oz of chunks to start smoking and no need to add extra. My 4oz burned in about an hour and no visible smoke was coming out of the smoker. I gave a call to manufacturer and they confirmed that yeah less wood is the best and that over time as smoker walls are seasoned well smoky flavor will be there with just 4oz of wood.
To me who is using AMNPS for 6-7 hours it is unusual but I leave it to experts to discuss. I opened wood box to see condition of chunks. They were smoldering , some sides ash white another side charred with some residual lit up spots.
Observation number 2. I was dying to try AMNPS inside this little unit. Also was skeptical since its well known fact AMNPS needs air. And Smokin-it only have 2 holes (one on top and one small at the bottom for drippings). Long story short I nuked one row of Alder pellets and started AMNPS. After it was ready i placed it in the bottom left corner - it fits just fine there. To my surprise its chugging along second hour already with a nice TBS. Inside T is 225F. Not sure what contributes to a good performance but it works.
Here it is on my balcony next to mes40.