Originally Posted by tamccain
So here are the pictures that were requested earlier. As you can see there is no cookie tray in the smoker. I removed it before smoking this chicken. This picture shows how much I had the smoker filled for this chicken. At the very back of the first row it jumped to the second row before it turned. It didn't do too bad, but it did jump a little early.
Until now I didn't know you had a Gen #2 MES. That's why there are no support rods.
Maybe the water pan was trapping heat too close to your AMNPS.
The best thing to do with that smoker seems to be:
Remove the little water pan from the slanted Drip plate. (We don't need water in an MES water pan)
Set your AMNPS straddling the hole left by the removal of the water pan.
Set a throw-away foil pan on the floor under the water pan hole to catch drips.
Try that & get back to us.