I recently purchased a Gen 1 MES 40 and AMNPS and am preparing for my first smoke. I’ve been reading a ton of posts here trying to learn as much as I can prior to my first attempt. Most everything seems rather straight forward but I am a bit confused about the chip pan and chip loader positions when using the AMNPS. Some post say you must leave the chip pan in place to provide a heat shield for the door and bottom, and only pull out the chip loader out about ¼”. Other posts say to remove the chip pan entirely and pull the chip loader out about 2”. I understand that I’ll have to play around a bit with how much to pull the chip loader out to get the proper burn in the AMNPS, but do I take the chip pan out or leave it in? Some of my confusion may be between the Gen 1 and Gen 2 MES 40’s, I have the Gen 1. Also, I have purchased a Mav 733 thermometer and its operation seems pretty simple as well, but I have a question about the best way to run the probe wires into the smoker. Do I run them between the door and cabinet pinched between the door seal, or in through the smoke vent on the top, or through the chip door inlet? What works the best? All comment will be appreciated.