Pretty much everyone on SMF that has an MES uses the AMNPS b/c it makes good TBS! (initialism overload!)
And once you get the hang of it, you can really control the amount of smoke it churns out. (light one end; light both ends; light both ends and the center; and play with the levels of how much pellets you pour into the AMNPS channels/troughs)
I have a gasser so I still like using chunks of wood when hot smoking, but I use my AMNPS for cold smokes like cheese, salt, and coming soon....bacon!
i got my MES on tuesday, primed it that evening and used it for the first time wednesday. tomorrow i have a loin to do and I just ordered an AMPS maze off amazon. i like that i can light it and not worry about chips in the MES. thats kind of lazy compared to how much babysitting i did on the brinkmann bullet smoker from walmart for 40 bucks.
the only drawback is the cost of lumberjack pellets