I put that tape on before I ever put pellets in the hopper. Then, to test it, I filled it with pellets, and ran it for 12 hours without stirring the pellets. That was July 4, 2020 and I still trust it. The Gen 1 EX6 has a hopper capacity of 22 lbs. If you burn 2 lb./hr. that will, theoretically, last 11 hours. At an operating temp of 250 or below you will burn approximately 1.5 lbs./hr.. and that equates to 14.67 hours. Those are the facts - BUT. I have never started a fire on a smoker and came back 12 hours later to check on it so I'm not advocating that. When I was younger I would have a remote thermometer with an alarm set to go off if the pit temp dropped 50 degrees but I only slept about 6 hours. It sat next to my bed as I slept through the night. When I got my EX6 I was so old that getting up in the middle of the night wore me out and I found the Smokefire gives great smoke at higher temps. I get up in the morning, start the fire, and we eat dinner at 6 with me cooking at higher temps.Thanks everyone for the advice. I'm definitely going to get some of that tape for assembly. With that mod do you guys trust it for an overnight cook without having to re-fill the pellets?