Another new guy here... I just moved to southern Illinois post grad school and am discovering my hobbies (new and old). I have enjoyed this forum over the last few weeks after buying my MES 30 Bluetooth (with legs and top left vent). I mastered the grill through anesthesia school and the wife has always been happy but smoking on a propane grill always left me unsatisfied a new smoker was one of my first purchases.
After doing a couple racks of babybacks a week ago I realized I need to consult the experts, so I've been studying. I bought a 5x8 amazen pellet smoker and am struggling to figure out exactly how to place it in my MES. I have endlessly searched here and the google machine without definitive answers. IS shoved next to the heating element, yet still about 1.5-2" off the drip pan appropriate? Or should I place it on the left side of rack directly above the water bowl? Depending upon which I choose (or you direct me), do I need to foil the grate above to prevent drippings and if so does it affect the dispersion of heat to the meat above?
I have pictures to show the locations that I am attempting to explain but I am handcuffed to show them and based on the countless threads I've read and learned from I bet you all know exactly what I am describing. Any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated and I look forward to becoming a contributing member even if it's for my epic fails and entertainment! Thank you!