I've been having a few problems with my AMNPS in my MES 30 and had some questions. I would hit the AMNPS with the torch for a solid minute or two, let the flame burn for at least 5 minutes, then blow it out and put it in the MES. I pull the chip loader all the way out and top vent all the way open. It would seem to start out fine but the smoke was maybe a little too thin but not that bad. Within 15 minutes or so it would basically go out and I'd have to pull it out, re-light it and start over and keep babysitting it (which is exactly why I bought it... so wouldn't HAVE to babysit the smoker. When it finally would get going and stay lit it would put out too much smoke, like I could never get a good happy medium. Obviously its some kind of airflow problem, that much I know.
So I was messing around with it today and I think I figured out the solution, but I want to make sure what I'm doing is SAFE. So I read here that one recommendation was to also pull out the chip tray 1.5 -2 inches. Tried that and still didn't help. I decided to see what would happen if I just pulled the tray all the way out as well as the loader. That did the trick. The smoke did get a little too thick but I put the ladd tube back in (kept the tray out though) and it pulled the smoke down to a pretty much perfect level.
So now my only question is, is it SAFE to pull the chip tray all the way out? It seemed to solve my problem but I don't want to do anything unsafe.