A-MAZ-N-TUBE-SMOKER in my Masterbuilt Smokehouse Propane Smoker

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by savannahsmoker, Jun 15, 2012.

  1. I received the AMNTS from Todd at http://www.amazenproducts.com to put through it’s paces mainly in the Traeger Pellet Smoker, but I thought why not try it in the propane smoker.

    The UPS truck brought an AMNTS and about 20 pounds of Pitmaster’s Choice Pellets.  Thank you Todd.

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    Loaded the Tube about ¾ of a pound of Pitmaster’s Choice Pellets.

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    Light with a torch.

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    I put a pan over the chip pan and place the AMNTS in it.  This is to prevent flare-ups.

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    Here comes the smoke

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    The pit maintained a constant temp of 217 degrees at it’s lowest setting with a nice blue color smoke coming out the pit.

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    So far the A-MAZ-N-TUBE-SMOKER has exceeded my expectations and solved my no smoke dilemma in my Masterabuilt Propane Smoker.
     
  2. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    That's Amazen! I'm really curious why the tube will work directly over the propane burner with no other air vents and the AMNPS won't.
     
  3. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks like a great solution 

    I think it is because the tube takes on more oxygen because of the way it is constructed - the bottom and sides one the AMNS and AMNPS are more limiting to airflow 
     
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  4. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    Hey Savannah, how long did you let it burn? I'm wondering if the whole tube will burn with the door closed the whole time. I'm also curious if drippings on it will affect it like they do the AMNPS.
     
  5. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hey Guys

    This is news to me too!

    Never thought it would overcome the low oxygen atmosphere in a propane smoker.

    I can't possible test every smoker or every scenario, that's why I sent out test smokers to guys with different smokers

    SavannahSmoker has gone well beyond the call of duty to test drive this new model.

    THX!

    TJ
     
  6. Thanks for the compliment and for letting see what this device can and will do.  

    We had a doctor's appointment so I was not able to get a complete time.  When we left the AMNST was still smoking nicely after two hours and twenty minutes.  I am sure it will go more the three hours and maybe four.

    I left it smoke while we were gone and here is the aftermath. 

    Pretty much nothing left but ash.

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    Remains of 12 1/2 oz of A-MAZ-Smoker Pellets.  The small amount of partially burnt pellets where in the closed steel end of the tube.

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    Now time for me to smoke up a bunch of Turkey Legs.
     
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  7. Awesome, just waiting for a few more reviews before I pull the trigger. I have the 6x8 dust smoker and have been wanting to get a pellet smoker.
     
  8. I got one in and have tested it in my masterbuilt xl, i cranked the temp to give it a good test, and here are the results, it burned as expected for the 4-5 hrs that the 12" is said to smoke (noticed it was closer to 5hrs then 4) and this is with some 100% cherry pellets i found on amazon 20lbs for $23 thought i would test it with off brand to give it the best chance to foul up, but it worked like a charm. I got it started inside the smoker, and on the bottom, i left the door slightly open during the 10 minute start time, and once it got going i lit the burner and turned it up to 350-400 to see if any heat from the burner would cause it to burn all the pellets.

    this picture was taken after 3 hours, and it was working perfectly, if you look at the close up where you can see the temp you can just see a wisp of smoke coming from the back of the tube, and of course the other photo was right after i opened the door.

    I am very satisfied with it. in fact my only complaint about my order is i wasn't paying attention closely enough and accidentally ordered 5lbs of mesquite dust instead of pellets, doh
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  9. jd2220

    jd2220 Newbie

    I am new to smoking, can you tell me the advantages/disadvantages of pellets vs wood.  I currently use a cast iron pan on top of the original wood chip tray.  Also do you use sand or water in your water pan.

    Thanks
     
  10. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    Love my pellet smoker, but the tube smoker has me wonderin . . . . . . . . .
     
  11. first, to answer your water or sand question, i use sand, as to the advantages/disadvantages of pellets over chips/chucks, for me, its cost and storage size, per hour of smoke the pellets are a little cheaper, for the storage comment you have to take into consideration the smoke time vs space needed for the product your burning, a bag of chips from walmart is about $1-2 and will go for around 4-6 hrs i have found, that same size bag of pellets will hold something like 6-7lbs of pellets and maybe 1/2-3/4 of a lb will smoke for 4-6 hrs, so I'm getting 28-35 hrs of smoke for the same amount of space, and at a small savings (at least if you can find a good source, or you buy in bulk, otherwise your about the same cost wise after shipping) only down side is, the chips have to stay indoors so they wont get damp (or at least where i live cause the humidity is usually pretty high), where you can leave the chips/chunks outside

    for me at least on the 2 propane smokers i own, the chip pan could cause the wood to burn instead of smolder after a while, so what should have lasted 4-6 hrs only lasted 1-2 with this pellet smoker at least, its going to burn as long as it was advertised to burn. the only way i found to solve the chip/chunk burning problem was to raise the chip pan up high enough so that it would work right, but that also cost you area for smoking, therefore i got the pellet smoker to solve that, with it working as i expect it to i can actually lower the "water" pan down to very close to the burner, and even get a more shallow pan if i wanted, and gain a good 9-12" of space at the bottom of my smoker.

    The 12" one i have will smoke 4-6hrs, the 18" will go as long as 9hrs, he sells a larger one, but i wanted to keep it as far from the burner as possible, so i went with the one that would fit the depth of my smoker, now if Mr. Johnson were to make a 16" model and needed a tester i would be very happy to test that for him, as that is the max depth wise i can fit, sadly the 18" is to long, and i feel it would be to close to the burner if i set it going with the width of the smoker.
     
  12. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    Hey 53, does your smoker have a bottom vent near where the tube is sitting? I know there's a vent around the burner but am wondering if there's another.
     
  13. jd2220

    jd2220 Newbie

    Thanks for all the input.  Being new to smoking this site is my source for information.  I have realized that even though the times I have previously smoked (mostly pork butts, chicken, and sausage) the meat has come out tasting good that I was making plenty of mistakes.  I wasn't getting the TBS and using a large water pan was causing my cooking times to be longer.  I plan on smoking in a few weeks and will try the sand as suggested by many.  I also wouldn't mind trying the pellet tube. 

    Do you have a link to where I can purchase? 

    Finally I have been trying to get an already made propane hose with built in needle/regulator valve and some have suggested a Bayou Classic, my question is that they sell some with different PSI.  I just don't know which PSI I should order.

    Here is the link:  http://bayouclassicdepot.com/propane_regulator_kit.htm

    Any input greatly appreciated.  Thanks again.
     
  14. Can the tube burn dust also or just pellets? 
     
  15. nope the smoker does not have an extra vent in the bottom, i have thought of adding one, but as long as the tube smoker works without it, i wont.

    And as far as i know the tube only smokes pellets, but i really hope it will burn dust as i ordered 5lbs of mesquite dust while thinking i was ordering pellets
     
  16. s2k9k

    s2k9k AMNPS Test Group

    If you ordered from Todd I would ask him if it will burn it before I tried, if it won't I'm sure he will trade it out for you.
     
  17. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I just got my amps last week for my fridge build and it worked awesome I do have vents down at the bottom of my fridge and I put the amps up just high enough on some 1/4"x1/4" Tubing so I could get air under it and with it fully loaded it smoked for right at 10hrs, I had my summer sausage already out before it was done smoking. THIS IS BETTER THAT SLICED BREAD!!!!!! And the pit masters blend on Elk and Deer summer sausage was to die for. And the customer service from Todd was outstanding A++++++++ You would not be disappointed
     
  18. That's like the time I booked a 9AM flight to Philly.  It turned out to be a 9PM flight. 
     
  19. ok so will the square maze looking amazin smoker burn all three...chips, pellets, & dust????
     
  20. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The ends are pressed on, but can be removed with a little patience

    Then, you could cut an 18" to any size you want.

    If you want, I can cut down an 18" for you, before I press on the ends

    TJ
     

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