Was walking through Lowes getting some home repair stuff when I sauntered by the grills and smokers. Decided to check out the MES40 they had. I opened the 30 up first just to see if anything had change.. When I opened it, the chip tray caught my eye. I pulled it out and it had this tiny little ash cup. The tray is the same size it used to be except it's no longer one big bowl shape. Most of it is flat and level with the top with a little area about 1/3 rd the size as before maybe less that is still cupped out to catch ashes and chips. At first I thought, whoa how are the ashes going to get in there most be having the wood on top of the tray now, then I pulled out the feeder tube. It I the same size as before except, it's 3/4 closed now with just this little wood chip space on the inner mot end about 1/4th maybe 1/3 the length as before. Then I opened the 40 same thing. Anybody know when this switch occurred? Any ideas why? Is it to cut down on creosote buildup taste? Or does a smaller load of wood give hotter chip burn and the ever missing smoke ring on the MES?