First, thanks to everybody that gave me suggestions in my thread last weekend. I am using everyone's suggestions this time around. I filled the water pan with play sand and covered it with foil. I am also smoking with the top vent wide open. I even bought the a-maze-n pellet smoker, loaded with hickory pellets. It has been on since 8 am, and I just put the meat probe into the pork. After 4 hours, the meat temperature is at 140, and the smoker is at 228F. When I inserted the meat probe, I noticed that the AMPS had gone out very shortly after I put it into the smoker. It's odd, because there was some smoke puffing out of the vent this whole time, so I am not sure what was going on. I'm trying to re-light the AMPS, so we'll see if I have better luck. I'm going to let the AMPS burn for at least 15 minutes with a flame before I put it back in. Should I remove the chip loader while the AMPS is in there?