A-MAZE-N-PELLET-SMOKER will not stay lit

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by rexlan, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. rexlan

    rexlan Meat Mopper

    I have had pretty poor luck with the pellet tray.  Constantly goes out.

    I am trying to use a propane smoker and wonder if that is the issue. 

    If I put it too close to a lower vent it catches fire.  If I put it on a shelf up 6" instantly goes out.

    If I put it on the bottom next to the propane fire it will burn occasionally but weak.

    I have excellent draft so wonder if the propane burner is taking the oxygen?
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Gassers burn most of the available Oxygen inside the smoker. The small holes in the AMNPS does not allow what's left to get to the pellets to keep them burning. The AMNTS Tube Pellet Smoke Generator has large holes and many Propane owners are having good results with them...JJ
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2014
  3. I have the AMNTS (12" tube) and use it in the Camp Chef Smoke Vault. No trouble staying lit. I put it on the lowest shelf and stays lit until all pellets are gone.
  4. rexlan

    rexlan Meat Mopper

    Thanks for the replies ... probably the gas burner is the problem.
  5. phrett

    phrett Smoke Blower

    CRush up some pellets and mix the dust with the whole pellets in the tray/tube. That should keep it lit and make for some good smoke.
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It's time for a mailbox mod..... Dave
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  8. trikefreak

    trikefreak Smoke Blower

    I ordered the tube version last night, see if it works better for my application.
  9. rexlan

    rexlan Meat Mopper

    Does the thing work OK in the electric masterbuilt or is it touchy?
  10. I have a 30 inch MES smoker, and an AMNPS.  Works very well in my MES.  Use the AMNPS rather than the chip tray for consistent smoke, as it smokes all the time, the chip tray does not, only smoking when the element is on.

    If getting one, get the 5 X 8 model, as that size fits on the rods to to the left of the heat tray, very well.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2014
  11. trikefreak

    trikefreak Smoke Blower

    I have the newer model 40 with vent on the side. Myself, and others, have issues keeping it burning. There's been a list of different ideas folks have shared to make it work, and I've yet to find the secret. I'm going to try the pellet tube, and if that doesn't work, I'm moving on to something more consistent.
  12. rexlan

    rexlan Meat Mopper

    That is sort of what I suspected.  My big smoker is electric and I have to place it near a side vent to keep it going.  When I do however, it burns too fast or catches fire.  If I move it it goes out.

    My pellets are good and dry.  I even put 2# of them in the dehydrator to check.  Just seems real touchy.

    I am not willing to spend another $40 and $13 shipping to test it again.  I have wasted 5# of pellets already.
  13. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I can't comment on the new gen Masterbuilt but I have 2 1st gen MES and 2 AMNPS and they work flawlessly placing them on the rails on the left side with Chip tray and Loader 1" out...JJ
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2014
  14. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Try different pellets or a mix. Unless it is a reasonably warm day I find that Oak pellets do go out easily. Hickory pellets on the other hand will continue to burn at near zero (c) temperatures outside. When it gets cool I now always use either Hickory or a mix of Oak and hickory.

    The direction of the burn in relation to the air flow seems to make a significant difference too when its cold. If you have the air flow in the same direction as the burn then it seems to go out more easily in my smoker, however if you have the air flow blowing across the burn then it seems to keep alight. Maybe the burning pellets help keep the downwind pellets warmer (?). This is what I find works but maybe others have different experiences. It always helps to give the pellets a good 5 to 8 minute blast on high in the microwave too before loading them (still warm) into the AMNPS.

  15. rexlan

    rexlan Meat Mopper

    I ordered a 40" Masterbuilt from Amazon so I will check it out.  If it is an issue I will just use the smoke generator I made with the aquarium pump.  It works fine ... just another cord for the power is all.  I'm not willing to spend another $40 + shipping on a tube version of the tray.
  16. rexlan

    rexlan Meat Mopper

    50° (10°C) is about as cool as it gets here in Florida but it is damp.  I keep the pellets in a can however.  I only use hickory.
  17. darwin101

    darwin101 Meat Mopper

    Does the pellet-smoker work with any brand of pellets?  I was given bags of Traeger pellets and was wondering if they would work in the AMNPS 5x8 tray.

  18. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I used Cookshack/Fast Eddy pellets. I think they all work with standard food grade pellets though
  19. victor

    victor Fire Starter


    I will echo what has already been said. The cheap mailbox mod will solve your problem. Hands down. No doubt!
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  20. goliath

    goliath Smoking Fanatic

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