I have the MES30 G2 and use an A-maze-N pellet maze, no problems there except the internal temp gauge is off according to my Maverick 732. With the side vent I was having trouble with back flows, etc based on wind direction. So I did the 3" flexible elbow mod which was easy and works like a charm. Only problem is I can't get the smoker temp up past 210 or so even with the controller set to the max, 275. I guess too much heat is escaping through the vent. Anybody else have this issue? What's your work-around to get temp control back? Thanks.