I forgot to ask you about the pellets I need to order. As I understand it, you're only supposed to generate smoke for half of the cooking time???? That being said, if I smoke a Boston Butt for 8 hours, I would need enough pellets to last 4 hours. How many pounds would I need to do that? I guess that as a rule of thumb a pound of pellets lasts how long? I'm trying to figure out how much to buy along with the maze.
Yup---Yours is a Generation #2.
The best thing seems to be to do the following:
Remove the little water pan from that slanted drip plate.
Then set your AMNPS over that hole left by the missing water pan (you don't need the water pan anyway---Ever).
Then you can put a throw-away foil pan under the water pan hole in case any drips show up.
I make smoke as long as the meat is in the smoker, unless the food is in the foiling stage.
Get plenty of Pellets & some Dust. The more you get the less shipping you pay per pound. IMO