Pulled Pork with my new AMNPS in the Wind...

Discussion in 'Pork' started by xpnsvtoys, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. Wanted to do some PP for some time now...Picked up some butts rubbed them down,was waiting for a good calm day as the wind really messes with my temps...

    Got the AMNPS for Christmas and had not used it yet.  Ordered up a mix of pellets, some hickory, mesquite, cherry, and pecan.  Did a dry burn in the grill and a test in the smoker with less than desirable results.  Tried some moink balls last night for another 'test' before I did a PP run.  Little better but not by much. 

    Testing aside I couldn't wait any longer, this morning was go time, wind or not.  It was / is windy...Ended up having to wrap the smoker in a wool moving blanket to insulate so I could hit my temp...I moved the AMNPS to a different location from my testing, layed some pieces of HD foil under it, and about 4 hours into my PP run all the pellets are burning once again.  I pulled the AMNPS dumped, re-filled, lit and this time placed it in my cast iron skillet on a rack under my drip pan.  Hopefully this will shield the heat enough to keep from burning up all my pellets.  Any recommendations to keep this sucker from burning up all my pellets? 

    Thought I'd share some pics as well, that is what we're all here for right?  More to come...

    First attempt, no foil under AMNPS, worked good as far as burning, then a little too good, this is when I added foil below it...

  2. smokinal

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

    Looks like a good start!
  3. tank

    tank Smoke Blower

    What kind of smoker are you using?  Propane?  Does it have bottom vents?  A little more info would be helpful.  I have found that my propane smoker is tricky to get the amnps to work well but I have figured out a few things that help.

  4. Should have mentioned that...It is a Smoke Hollow Propane Smoker and no it does not have a bottom vent...I tried putting the AMNPS in a cast iron skillet in the same position in  the picture above, yet all pellets still started burning...
  5. tjohnson

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

    Try placing the AMNPS at or below the flame

    The extra heat is making it burn waay too fast


  6. I know you can't tell from the pic but the AMNPS is a good distance (maybe 16-18") from the flame, albeit directly over top of it and there was a cast iron skillet directly over the burner to deflect some of the heat...I also tried in a cast iron skillet right over the flame on a test run (set up I used for wood chunks and chips), the pellets burnt up real quick there...I don't have enough room to the sides of the burner to stay away from the flame...Cant' get below the flame with out placing the AMNPS outside the smoker, obviously that won't work...Any suggestions?

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