The pellets I was using were BBQer Delight Mesquite and they aren't damp. The ramp is behind the lip and it is a an original with the paddle wheel. On one side I had to replace a paddle, on the other I haven't had to yet. I'm going to vacuum it out again tomorrow and see what happens, just weird, used it all competition season and never had this issue.
Peoria Custom Pit 24x72*Treager Texas Style Smoker *Whole Hog Country Smoker*
" You can put all of the sauce on it you want, but you still have to master the art of cooking barbecue"
- Mike Mills-