Gave up on my smoke daddy and ordered a AMNPS for my 1st Gen MES 30. Does the AMNPS work better with the internal wood tray removed and the loader removed with a slider vent? By slider vent i mean screwing a plate over the loader hole and sliding it to adjust ventilation.
I haven't made any mods to my MES 30 Gen 1. I don't pull out the wood chip loader at all. I leave the top vent wide open. What I do that might be different from others is that I insert the AMNPS lit end toward the back wall. My thinking was the airflow is better back there due to the top vent and the chip loader and with the hole leading to the rear grease tray. I light the pellets by smearing gelled alcohol on the first 1/4 row of pellets and lighting it with a butane lighter. I've been doing this for over a year now and the AMNPS lights quickly and stays lit. In fact, when I remove it from the MES, if all the pellets haven't turned to ash I have to separate the smoking pellets from the unburnt ones to allow the AMNPS to burn itself out on the ground. This whole system of mine works without fail every time.