My AMNPS also arrived yesterday so I would love some tips using it with this smoker too. :)
Oh, how does this smoker handle small cooks? Like just. A single chicken.
Gen 2.....I wish you all the luck in the world. As for how a smoker handles small cooks? Just like large cooks. Don't worry about anything but Internal Temp of the meat you are smoking......don't worry about Temp fluctuations etc.
It handles small smokes as well as large smokes. There is really little difference.
I would suggest you send BearCarver a /PM he probably knows MES as good if not better than anyone else on the boards and he uses a MES40.with totally outstanding results.
As to problems, yes some folks have had some usually with the thermometers. I have a MES30 and have smoked a lot on it., Probably 3 to 500 hours and I still love it. Never had a single problem. You never hear those who get good smokers, only those who have problem. Besides so far I have not heard a single people who Masterbuilt didn't solve and offer a free fix to their problem in a very timely manner. No I don't work for Masterbuilt, I am just one of those who had zero problems, I hope you are also.
Seriously Talk to BearCarver.