AMNPS Florida Humidity tips?

Discussion in 'A-Maze-N Smokers' started by will75, Apr 13, 2015.

  1. will75

    will75 Fire Starter

    Any tips for someone with a gen 2 40 mes? I've spoke to todd and tried everything and it seems no matter what i do.. whether it's let a flame sit for 10 mins, or run a heat gun on it as well, within the hour it goes out. My brisket has been in, for about 3 hours now and i've been out there for almost all of that time, i have to sleep on the couch tonight because i smell so bad! heh 

    Tried top rack, tried no chip loader, tried pulling chip tray out.Tried placing it on the top, but smoke seemed to just go straight out, i tried putting a small fan pointed at the chip loader hole etc,, to add air to the cabinet. Didn't work so well\. In fact right now i have some heavier smoke going, which finally is happening.  Right now i put in another rack (the bottom lowest rack) and put the AMNPS on it, and added a tent, so far seems to be working.
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2015
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dry the pellets in the oven or smoker at 275 for 2 hours before trying to light them.... With the humidity, they could suck up moisture.... mine do and I live in a semi desert...
  3. bigd3077

    bigd3077 Meat Mopper

    Try a chimney. So far so good for me in South Florida. Microwave pellet, torch them to get going, and loader couple inches out.
  4. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I have an MES 40" and use my Amznps with no problems. Watch a fan as you could have the pellets ignite with the air flow. What i found that works good is to take out the side chip dump, this lets some air in. I use a propane torch to get the pellets going. I am also in FL

  5. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    I'm wondering if your pellets happened to get too much moisture in them (more than normal for Florida). I keep my pellets in my shop which is hot and humid most of the year and I don't have problems with them burning (so long as I light them properly).

    Have you tried microwaving your pellets?
  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    I'm sure Todd told you to remove the water pan in your Gen #2 & put the AMNPS there.

    Another thing is 10 minutes isn't much time to spend getting it lit properly, which is the biggest thing. Have you tried getting it lit good & then leave it out of your smoker??? Try that---If it goes out then, it's not because of air flow in your smoker.

    Meanwhile keep your pellets & Dust dry, so you don't have to Nuke them. I have some that has been in my garage for 5 years, and it still works fine because of keeping it in screw top jugs. And it's almost always raining or snowing here.


    For those of you who have an "A-MAZE-N-SMOKER", or any other dust or pellet burning smoke generator, This is how I keep mine dry. Humidity will effect how the dust burns.

    Last edited: Apr 14, 2015

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