New guy here! Have done a lot of smoking over the years, but mainly on my Dad's old home-made barrel smoker. Just got the MES 30-model # 20070411 as a gift, along with some Amazon gift cards. After spending several hours on this forum, I decided I had to have the AMNPS, so I used the gift cards to buy one on Amazon. Many of my initial questions have already been answered by reading the various threads, but I have a few more, if some of you are willing? 1. is the 20070411 the old generation model? I assumed it was? after reading about air flow for AMNPS, I hope it is! 2. For shorter smokes(2 hours or less), does the chip tray still do the job? Any hints on making it work better? Can you use the AMNPS along with the chip tray, or dies air flow become an issue with the chip tray all the way in? 3. Other than Todd's pellets, which I do plan on buying, what other brands that are available at Wal-Mart, HD, etc are any good? I know people that use and like Traeger, but I hear several of you say that they are not good quality. 4. suggestions for the first smoke? turkey, pork butt, etc? 5.Any other suggestions for using this smoker would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!