I had previously been having problems with keeping my amaze-n-pellet smoker lit and producing smoke for any decent length of time. Today I microwaved the crap out of my pellets and that seems to be the key for me. Look! Smoke! It has been over four hours and it's still going great. My MES is completely unmodified, and the chip loader is in place. My wife and I are looking forward to some brisket later today.