A-MAZE-N, simply amazing

Discussion in 'Info and Practices' started by jwsailor, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. After smoking sausage for the first time last week in my new MES40 and struggling to maintain smoke at 140-150 degrees. I spent a little time on the forums and even called Masterbuilt. Masterbuilt had some good info, like not preheating the smoker to allow the burner to stay on long enough to heat the chips. However at 150 degrees the heating element did not come on enough to heat the chips. So I posted a forum on cold smokers A-Maze-N vs Smoke Daddy. Well I bought the A-Maze-N and after smoking sausage this morning I can tell you it truly is amazing. I filled the A-MAZE-N a little over half way and lit it. I smoked for almost eight hours and never had to add dust. I did not use the chip tray in my MES40. I had beautiful light smoke for the entire period. As I sat looking at my old stick burner all I could think about was now I have a set and forget smoker. Thanks for all the people that helped with information. For all the other newbies if you have an electric smoker and don’t have an A-MAZE-N you really should get one. I love mine.
  2. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    yep them amns is a great product!!! Thanks todd!
  3. Glad that you're finally getting the results you wanted!

    I love it when someone asks to see my smoker, and I whip out the AMNS.  That's it???

     I always say "Dynamite comes in small packages!"
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Can't beat AMNS!
  5. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Damn great product!
  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    We knew you'd fall in love with that AMNS on day one!

    Now you can really enjoy yourself while smoking!

    That's what I like to see,

  7. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The AMNS just makes smoking so much more fun.  Now I need to order more dust because I can't stop using it.
  8. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I have just converted 3 new smokers to the AMNS and one of them even got an AMNS from me for his wedding gift.  Great product and incredible customer service form a great guy
  9. I smell "Referral Program" !!!!!  Just sayin'
  10. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    A great combo..for sure!!

  11. cycletrash

    cycletrash Meat Mopper

    Everyone I know that uses the amns is totally hooked !
  12. viper1

    viper1 Meat Mopper

    I keep hearing about it but when I looke it just basically looked like a foil pan filled with saw dust! I see it has dividers. What am I missing thats so amazing. I used foil pans and saw dust for years.
    Last edited: May 1, 2011
  13. hardslicer

    hardslicer Smoking Fanatic

    love to see one of those in action.......heard good things
  14. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    This "foil pan" is made in America, by Americans out of perforated stainless steel. It is solidly constructed, and should outlast any smoker. It has been time tested to load with the proper dust, light one or two ends, and smoke real nice until the dust is all consumed. Depending on which one you use, you could get perfect smoke, without even touching it for a non-stop period of anywhere from 8 to 12 hours.

    The exterior and interior walls are made of the proper size perforations, to keep the proper amount of air flow, so that this little miracle doesn't go out half-way through a smoke.

    All you have to do to clean it is tap it on a hard surface to knock the ash out, and give it about 10 seconds worth of brushing with just about any kind of brush, including a 5¢ soldering brush. You can keep using that 5¢ brush for years. Then after that 10 second cleaning, you can load it up, light it, and go for another 8 to 12 hours.

    I hope that explains it better.
  15. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Congratulations on your AMNS success and welcome to the AMNS Owners Club...
    What Bearcarver said, X2...
  16. viper1

    viper1 Meat Mopper

    ok its stainless but still a version of what Ive done. Does this use a special dust or just any saw dust? We have about 25 large garbage bags of apple and hickory we got sawing some trees up. We usally just use that. Would that work in those?
  17. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Well we have not seen the device you are using and have no idea how you harvested the sawdust. If you used a chainsaw using the normal oil for the chain it is contaminated. The only safe way to harvest sawdust with a chainsaw is to use a cooking oil of some kind in you saw.  If you are just using a pan with no dividers, how are you controlling the amount of smoke you are getting?  All of these things are important.  
    Last edited: May 1, 2011
  18. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Gary's last sentence says it all. Was I through?
  19. fife

    fife Master of the Pit

    Glad you had a good smoke.
  20. viper1

    viper1 Meat Mopper

    Well I should have said my buddy cut them up. Im positive he wouldnt use chain oil on it though. He's been smoking a whole lot longer than me. Plus it never has a after taste. But we seldom smoke more than 2-4 hours. Seems every thing after that is overkill. Might just be our taste too. We dont do big hunks of meat like some of you. But we do a lot of 25-30 lb smokes and have to do them in a couple loads. Usally dry for about 2 hrs. ramp up and smoke 2 more than ramp up to finish temp till internal temps are reached. We use propane now and thinking of getting electric. We generate smoke by damping the saw dust and putting in pan and over heater. Works good but takes a lot of temp changeing to keep temps from flucuating. Were between Bradley and Mes

    Think either way it will be enjoyable. But hes old and not convinced on electric.LOL Used wood and propane since he was small. But thanks for the quick responces. Should have said  we do sticks,venison trail,differant sauseages thats why the constant temps would be good.
    Last edited: May 1, 2011

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