Sorry I couldn't call yesterday, I had to go out of town for a funeral and wasn't really too worried about the smoker. I did fill a couple rows up with pellets and tested it out friday night in the smoker with it running (no meat). I followed the instructions pretty much. I made sure to not overfill the rows and mixed the pellets like suggested. I used the propane torch I received with the AMNPS. Once it had a good flame (approximately 1 minute) I turned off the torch and watched the flame for a few minutes. I then used my heat gun and blew the heat straight in and down to the pellets until I thought a jet was taking off right over my head. I blew the flame out again and placed it into the smoker. I checked on it a few hours later and it was still going strong and had only burnt about 2 inches of pellets.
Today, I am smoking a brisket with the AMNPS. This is my first cook with it so I can't wait to see how we do.
Sounds like you got that AMNPS down pat already!!!