Hi everybody! I'm very new to smoking but a long time griller. I got a MES 30 Digital as an early birthday present. We've done baby backs and a small butt previously and they came out good although the butt stalled badly and people were getting hungry. It only got to about 175 IT so we were only able to pull maybe half of it. The built in chip loader is certainly easy to use on the MES but as most of you know it is a pain in the butt having to pay attention and add chips every half hour or so. Then you get a ton of smoke before it settles down...not what you want! So I ordered up an AMNPS from Todd and some pellets. Got an 8 lb butt which was rubbed and wrapped last night. Heated up the smoker and got the AMNPS burning nicely. Hopefully have a yummy lunch tomorrow! Ready for the smoker: Loaded up with the AMNPS burning away!