Hello everyone, love the forum! I just bought a MES and had a question. During the 'burn in' last night as per the instruction manual (275 for 3 hrs, adding pellets during last half hour) everything went fine except I got a few flare-ups and fire from the pellets a few times. Is this normal, and should I worry about it happening when I'm not watching it when im smoking my ribs that I have rubbed up and ready for today? I do realize that the temp will be lower (225) when smoking the ribs. Also, is closing off the exhaust the best method to snuff out the fire in the pellet tray? Fire in the smoker freaks me out.... Don't want to ruin the brand new smoker! Any advise would be much appreciated. Thanks.