Thanks for your kind words! I have not tried pellets, but have quite a large supply of the Traeger brand. I read somewhere how much "non label" wood (mostly alder) is included in most Traeger pellets, and was a little concerned about using them as opposed to the "pure" Weber brand wood chips; but having read of others' successes with pellets, will give them a try soon.
I gave each of my sons a MES, and a "leg kit" that differs from mine (straight legs on theirs). I'll probably try to make them a kit to mount their "birthday present" smoke generators, and if so, will post a picture. The only trick to mounting the SG on a setup like mine is getting the angle of the shelf right so that the shelf bottom is parallel to the ground. Lucky for me, my brother here has a sheet metal break machine, so getting the angle right was cinchy!
I thought that Masterbuilt would want to copy the design and told them about it, but have seen no sign of life from them on this. Maybe their lawyers advised that I might claim intellectual property issues if they responded and later used my pictures of the fix for their own product. Notice to Masterbuilt (if you're listening): You can have my shelf design for free!
[Edit] I just heard from my son in Atlanta, and he said that the "new style" of straight legs in the MB kit I got him provides a sufficient "lip" to support the cold smoke kit with the stop nut removed from the innermost legs to allow the unit to line up with the smoker hole. No kit needed from me!
Edited by JD4JC - 1/30/16 at 6:38am