My apologies on if I'm posting this in the wrong place. After some failed attempts at trying to smoke various things using our all in one grill, my wife and I decided to purchase an actual electric smoker. We ended up purchasing the MES 35B model for $100 at our local BJ's Wholesale Club. We figured this would be a good starter unit for us. That being said, we have not built nor operated this unit yet. I was looking for some suggestions on the best ways forward. I have searched these forums for the past couple of days, but there's a lot of information and I seem to be having trouble understanding it all. Perhaps a good place to start would be these two questions: 1. For seasoning the unit as per the manual, should we use the wood chips during the last 45 minutes as suggested? If so, which wood chips would be best? I would think hickory, as usually hickory can go with anything. 2. I am looking at purchasing the A-MAZE-N tray with the 2 lb. of wood pellets. Many posts on here recommend doing so. So the questions that arise for me are, where in the unit should the try be placed, do I need to light the pellets before I put it in the unit, and would it be better to season with these wood pellets instead? Any help and suggestions are greatly appreciated.