From the day I seasoned my new MES I noticed a pungent oder in the smoke, nowhere near the smooth deep smokey aroma of my stick burner. So taking advice from here, I tried wet, dry, used a little, used a lot, thick chips and fine chips. Nothing improved on the flavor. ( Frustrated, I Craigslisted the MES within the first month) Then, again taking advice here, I purchased an amnps and a bunch of pellets, a small investment. Ahh, flavor was back. With amnps I experienced issues with it staying lit or putting out enough smoke. Reading more advice here, I tried drying the pellets in an oven, lighting both ends of the amnps, venting, torching... Also, moisture in the MES, amnps in the MES don't mix. Well, I about fell off my bar stool when my first smoke from the cold smoker was absolutely smokey delicious. It smoked the entire cook and I am able to use the water tray again. Life is in balance again. Yes sir, I wholeheartedly recommend the add-on. If you move forward with getting one, please let me know how it goes?