I took a head first leap into the MES smoker pool with a 30 inch 1st gen analog purchased from QVC a couple of years ago. I ended up with it still in the box. I seasoned it last weekend and after a lot of reading ordered the #3 AMNPS package from Amazen about an hour ago. I figured I could try the different pellets to see which I like best. I have used a wood chip smoker box in my Weber gas grill for a couple of years now and like the smoke taste so this should be even better. I have a pork loin waiting patiently in the cooler! I may just use apple wood chips I have if the pellets don't arrive before the pork expires!
My smoker is a little different than what I see online (see my avatar) and it may have been a special run for QVC. It has a stainless steel door, a wood stove type latch handle (it turns to latch) and legs. It also came with a cover and veggie rack. It has the square controller. The smoke box with lid sits in a wire rack next to the water tray with no chips loading from the outside. There is no vent I can find other than the hole in the back upper right. Will that limit the air available for the pellets? I may have to drill some holes in the floor of the smoker but will see first. With the shape of the wire rack holding the water tray and smoke box I am not sure if the AMNPS with sit between them but will know soon.
I already have a Maverick 733 for deep frying turkeys so that is covered.
Actually, the avatar isn't exactly right either as it has the original style door handle. Whoops!