MES air flow problems when using AMNS.......

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by whodat, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. Anyone have any good ideas as too how to keep my AMNS from burning out in my MES 40? I get the pellets going real good and then after placing it on the bottom near the heating element, it will burn out after 10-15 minutes. Now, sometimes it work like a champ and will go for 12 hours......other times it will burn out after just a few minutes. I know it seems like it's suffocating, but at other times/days/ it works great.

    I have moved the chip tray out a bit and messed with the chip unloader, too. I think it may have to do with the direction and severity of the wind.....just looking for ideas. When it works, it's the best.....

    I have the top vent open completely as well.



    (I smoked some goose jerky this weekend and it was great! Pork butt tomorrow!)
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2011
  2. jak757

    jak757 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Besides pulling out the chip tray and loader, here are some other things I have done.

    I put a soup can (small size), with both ends cut out, into the vent hole -- it fits well enough, then I have a slightly bigger duct elbow extending that, and bending the flow.  I position it so it flows with the wind, minimizing air flow back in through the vent.

    What seems to help the most though is this.  I microwave my pellets for about 2 minutes, then put them into the AMNPS into the smoker while it heats up.  When it's nearly at the temp I want (yesterday, that was about 45-50 minutes), I pull it out, light it good and let it burn for about 10 minutes.  Then I blow it out,and get it  started again, let that burn for a few minutes, then put it inside the MES.

    Once I started that last step (nuking, etc.), I have had no problems at all with keeping it lit.

    Good luck!

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