Well I have seasoned my new MES and bought a AMNPS and seasoned it as well. I also ran a load of pellets thru it but it kept going out. The first time it went after burning the first row and turning onto the second. The second time I lit the other end and again it ran out just before it finished the second row. I was using my Holland grille. First time with the grille closed and the second with the lid open. I have read some history on here and some say heat the pellets in oven or microwave so I may try that. Read the idea of putting it in the MES before lighting as well. I was thinking I had a no hassle sure fire smoker but now I'm unsure. If you have to pre-dry and do all of that special lighting tactics e.g. blowing on the pellets ...................... Should the design of the AMNPS have included legs for more airflow?