I'm considering an Amazen pellet smoker for overnight cooks. I have an MES 30 with the vent on the top. As far as I can tell there is no air intake, unless you pull out the chip loader. I have seen references to that in other people's advice. If you do that, do you remove it completely or just pull it out a ways? Does it cause you to lose heat?
Is there a set of tried and true directions for using this device somewhere? Like where in a cooker like minedo you put it? I've seen different things mentioned.
Also, can you dry the pellets in the oven? I don't have a microwave.