Hello all, I've been a longtime lurker on here and love all of the great info, recipes, etc. I just wanted to take a minute to give a little warning for those of you who are using the AMNPS with their MES30. I received my AMNPS in the mail a week ago and promptly used it in my grill with two rotisserie chickens and they came out very good. Not as much smoke on them as I would have liked but it was about what I expected on the grill. Today I cleaned up my MES30 to get it ready for a Boston Butt that I planned to do tomorrow. I wanted to re-season the smoker after the good wipe down so it would be ready for tomorrow. I turned the MES30 on (250 degrees) and then got my AMNPS loaded up, to see how it did, didn't want any surprises tomorrow. Got the AMNPS lit using the "let it burn for ten minutes" method, blew it out and then put it in the MES30 on the two bars, top vent all the way open and watched it go. After about ten minutes it seemed as though the smoke was fizzling out so I opened the chip chute and pulled it out about a half inch. Checked it again after ten minutes to make sure that the pellets didn't flare up. (They had flared up on my grill last week until I moved the grill to block the wind that was blowing about 10 mph.) So anyway, after an hours worth of checking the pellets every ten minutes or so, I decided that all was going well and wandered off to get a few things done. An hour later I came back to check on things and my MES30 was beeping and the readout said something like "EAA1". Then I noticed the smell. It was something like a cross between mothballs and magic marker. Then I noticed the fluid that had run out the bottom. I soon realized that the fluid was an oily substance that had leaked out of the control head at the top and ran down the back. Not grease from food but an industrial type of oil. I opened the door and found the top plastic on the door just outside of the seal melted a bit. The smell was terrible with soot all over the inside and all of the pellets were burned up. I figure that the pellets flared up after I took my eyes off them and ruined my smoker. Nobody's fault but my own. But for those of you who want to improve the quality of food that comes out of your electric smoker with the AMNPS, you might want to keep a real close eye on it the first few times you use it until you are sure of the results. I do like the AMNPS very much and will use it tomorrow when I do a rotisserie Boston Butt on my grill. I just wanted to let others know so that hopefully they won't lose their smoker or maybe other property if something goes wrong. I'm pretty bummed out about the smoker. I guess if I want ribs I'll be getting them from a bbq joint for a while. Hopefully my pulled pork will turn out good.
Wish I had seen that "mail box" mod before today. Probably would have saved my smoker.