New to smoking here! Found a killer deal on a BRAND NEW MES 30 (8715). Only problem is that it's a later model gen 2 with vent on top. Bought it for $86. Hard to pass up. Even after reading all the horror stories. Anyway...just purchased the AMNPS and will purchase a TP20 soon. After a lot of reading I have decided to remove the slanted drip plate to help with the problems with the gen 2. Along with the water Pan. Please point me in the right direction but I am planning on adding an aluminum pan on the bottom rack and my AMNPS to the right of the pan above the wood chips loader. I will line the very bottom drip pan with foil to catch any extra drippings. Now a couple questions...1) does the hood over top of the chip loader affect air flow to the AMNPS? 2) I may experiment with this but I am thinking about moving the bottom rack on top of the chip loader hood and resting the other end on the screws to keep it stable. And placing AMNPS on it. Then moving the 3rd rack down to the 4th position and placing a foil drip pan there to catch drippings. I could then place the AMNPS in the center of the rack and the foil pan would protect it. And I could add a 5th rack. What do you guys think? I'll post pics to help explain.