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I've had an amns for about 9 months. i can not keep it going when i use it in my MES. i have tried and tried. I have removed the chip loader and the chip box for better air flow, it still goes out. What can I do? i'm begininbg to think it's junk.

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Did you write Todd and ask him? I have never seen customer service like what he provides.
Are you getting dripping on the wood?
I have the MES 40" with glass window. I tent some aluminum foil over mine to keep drips out, but it sounds like it is starved for oxygen.
I leave the top vent wide open and the chip loader out, and haven't had any problems.
You might consider getting a cheap aquarium air pump to supplement the air introduced into the cooking chamber, you could fish it through the chip loader hole or down through the vent hole. Make sure you use 1/8" metal tubing, to prevent possible melting.
Either way good luck! Keep trying.
I followed the directions and it works as promised. If everything I bought was as good at delivering as this product has done, I would be extremely happy.
I have been having problems keeping the AMNPS lit. I've tried to smoke several times and it kept going out. I smoked 2 Boston Butts without water in the pan this weekend. I smoked them for about 6 or 7 hours. I left the chip tray out @ 2 inches and let the chip loader out @ 3 inches and placed a small fan blowing toward the chip loader. It worked great.
I wonder if I could have used water with this combination. If anyone has tried this please let me know.
I have the MES 40" with glass window and the AMNPS. No problem at all using the water pan. I pull the chip tray out of the smoker and pull the chip loader out between 2 or 3 inches. I also leave the top vent wide open. The AMNPS goes to the left of the heating unit and sits on the two support rods. I use this method for both a cold smoke or hot smoke. Works GREAT!
It would be more appropriate if this was posted in the forum section.
Follow the Directions to the Letter and it Fires up every time...I have Two and they are Amazing!...JJ
Well it is definatley not junk.
I removed the chip tray and loader from the MES. I regulate the flow where the hoie from the chip loader went to about the size of a 50cent piece. Works great. Make sure it is going really well befor putting it in the smoker and "tent it". Best of luck
I had problems with mine in the begining also. after contacting Todd I found out what I was doing wrong. I didn't pull out the chip try and chip loader. After I followed his advice it works like he said it would.
The AMNS and AMNPS both work, when you follow the instructions
Don't deviate from the instructions, until you have a few smokes under your belt
Most of the time it's not started correctly, or there's a lack of oxygen available for combustion
In some circumstances, they have issues burning at altitudes of 5,000+
You can always drop me a PM or call me at work or my cell
Work - (952)736-7678
Cell - (952)412-0484
so what is a good choice for the masterbuilt 40.
AMNS for cold smoking and up to 180°
AMNPS for cold smoking and temps up to 275°
Did tthe OP ever got his AMNS working?
i git the 18 tube works great you got to have good air flow and a good vent- plenty of oxygen is the key
you could install an electric computer cooling fan , just a thought
First time I used mine it went out ..I was in a hurry so just used the wood chips . I wanted to add some smoke to my turkey(Was going to smoke it through out but it was a big bird(14#) & didn't get it till yesterday & it never thawed out . I still wanted to have that smoke flavor so in the MES it went for 11/2 hrs. using the AMNPS then finished in the house in a Halogen Oven . Set it for 5hrs. checked in 4 & man it was falling off the bone. Could have used a bit more smoke . But was still pleased with it.
I filled the AMNPS 1/2 full & had 90% or more left . I thought I could smother it by closing the top & putting the chip burner & loader back in place..No No No didn't go out .I had to sprinkle a little water on it . I ain't wasting them pellets . :~)
Why AMNPS for temps up to 275?  Why won't the AMNS work no matter the temp?
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