Hi everyone, i'm new to smoking but had success last weekend when i just used chips with my 30" MES (1st gen). I went ahead and bought the AMNPS, a bunch of wood pellets, a propane torch, etc. I'm trying to smoke ribs now and it's going to be A-Maze-N if I don't throw all this stuff in the trash. I've read extensively about the airflow, lighting time, etc. It works for a bit and then seems to go out. If i open the smoker when i see no smoke coming out from the vent, i can still see a very little amount of smoke coming from the pellets but am pretty sure it's not enough. I've taken it out and re-lit several times... now i have both sides burning. As a result, I also have no idea how i'm my 2-2-1 ribs are going to turn out since i've let out the heat so many times. Anyways... sorry to crab but was wondering if you guys could just tell me if there is even a little smoke coming from the pellets it that is okay, or not enough (as i suspect). I am not handy and have no interest in turning my smoker into an autobot (joking about all the mods you guys do to get this stuff to work correctly)... Any input would be appreciated - am hoping not ruin my ribs :(.
p.s. vent is open all the way, chip loader is out, and chip drawer is pulled out 2 inches. Had a very good cherry going each time before putting the chips in.