I get a real good fire going with the pellets and blow them out. I put them in my new MES on the drip tray right above the hole. My drip container/water holder is on the bottom of my smoker. I have the chip loader pulled out around 2 inches. I have the vent wide open. I had been using water so i just poured out the water. I also have tin foil on the drip trap and foil on the bottom of my smoker. What do i need to do to keep it lit? PLEASE help as i am currently "smoking" a 20 lb peice of pork!!!