Got my AMNPS Friday, smoked Saturday morning, 30" MES Gen 2 Signature Series, going to share the rookie mistakes I made so others might benefit: * I removed the water pan and placed the AMNPS in it's place, but I neglected to put a catch pan between my ribs and the AMNPS, juices from the ribs put out the smoker pretty quickly, had to pick out the juice-soaked pellets. Going to get a smaller aluminum pan for this task for the next smoke to get maximum air flow. * I lit the pellets with a propane torch, but I did not blow on the pellets after I put the flame out to get the embers white-hot. Had to relight a couple of times. * Did not have the pellets filled to the brim of the AMPNS, they needed to be packed in a little better. I did have a bit of a challenge keeping the smoker lit, had the chip-dumper pulled out 2 1/2" and in the dump position and the damper wide open, I'm sure playing with these settings will help next time... Hope this is helpful!