where to place amns in mes 30

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by riverrat3, Sep 14, 2014.

  1. riverrat3

    riverrat3 Fire Starter

    As title says where do you guys place it for best results. Ordering the 5x8 pellet model. Thanks in advance.
  2. riverrat3

    riverrat3 Fire Starter

    Think I found my own answer. Dang I can't wait to get this thing!
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I originally placed mine to the left of the chip tray on the wires..... then Pops came up with the Mail Box mod..... Soooooo, I did a mod.....

    ... click on pics to enlarge ...

    And then there is the "tunnel" to move the exhaust to the center of the MES 30

    Last edited: Sep 14, 2014
  4. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    In case you don't have time for all the mods, or until you do have time..........

    The bottom left is the normal place. But I just can't stand normal, I found that I get better air flow, which is ecential for the AMP's to burn by setting it a bit higher on top of a spare grate on top of the reload box.

    This way its directly in the air flow and drafts a good draft.

    But to each their own. The mailbox mod is the best in my humble opinion. I was/am just too lazy.

    The problen is the amount of suction or air inlet available. The manufacturers inlet is located on the reloader. In the center of cylinder.

    Only three small holes.

    The three holes are the total  inlet you have, and below is the exhaust.

    You can see that a proper draft then is required.
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2014
  5. riverrat3

    riverrat3 Fire Starter

    Some great info there. I love to tinker so I think the mailbox mod or something resembling it is in order. Is there that much benefit to the exhaust tunnel? Is it purely to move the draft more to the center for better smoke path?
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The tunnel was installed to "overcome" the hot spot in the back right side of the smoker... Seems to do the trick... no more hot spot in the right rear of the smoker...
  7. riverrat3

    riverrat3 Fire Starter

    Well we'll have to do that one too then. :thumbsup:
  8. As said above lower left or do a mailbox. I have the MES 40 without any mods and it works great for me.

    Happy smoken.

  9. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    When installing the exhaust tunnel, to hold it in place, I put a couple of holes in it and ran a piece of wire through the holes..... then ran the wire up through the exhaust holes....
    Clicking on the pics and enlarging them, you may be able to see the wire and how I did it...

  10. I wouldn't do ANY mods until you give the AMNPS a shot in the bottom left position on the rails. I bought my MES30 G1 a couple months ago right along with the AMNPS. I have placed it on the rails at the lower left section and have had no issues maintaining a consistent burn and TBS. No extra money....no extra fuss. 
  11. riverrat3

    riverrat3 Fire Starter

    Thanks David. My main reason for thinking about the mailbox mod is Sundays. With church and kids constantly refilling chips is not an option. And BBQ and football are a must! Not to mention I am a bona fide tinkerer.
  12. You can use the AMNPS with a MES as is no mods. Give it a try first. I tinker with about everything. My MES 40 and AMNPS don't need any tinkering.

    Happy smoken.

  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Exactly----See if it works great like ours do without doing any mods. Don't fix if it isn't Broke!!!!!

    Mine's been working perfectly on the bottom bars to the left of the chip burner for 4 years.

  14. riverrat3

    riverrat3 Fire Starter

    Thanks bear. I thought I would be getting a 2nd gen but I found a gen 1. I didn't make that plain as usual duhhhhhh. Was reading your pork butt recipe and was wondering what rub you use?
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2014
  15. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yeah---Those mods are more for the Gen #2, I believe.

    Sometimes it takes awhile to learn how to get the AMNPS lit properly, but after that, the MES Gen #1 and the AMNPS are a match made in Heaven, by way of MN (Todd's house).

    Last edited: Jun 27, 2016
  16. riverrat3

    riverrat3 Fire Starter

    Thanks bear. Love how you share your knowledge. Been using bad Byron's rubb butt a little to peppery for my 6 year old. Have to try some thanks a million.
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2014
  17. Have you had issues with smoke leaking from the mailbox to the tube?
  18. Evening all.

    So I am struggling with my AMNS. I have the maze tray, filled it with pellets, took the torch to it, and let it burn outside the smoker. Every time I put it in the smoker it goes out. I am running an mes 30, and I have tried various configurations to keep air flow up. The tried and true bottom left, with loader in/out, chip tray in/out. Upper vent wide open always.

    Am I doing something wrong in the packing of the tray possibly, or is my mes just not bringing air in, in the way that it should?

    Thanks for any insight!
  19. redoctobyr

    redoctobyr Smoke Blower

    I started a thread the other day, regarding my AMNPS going out, here:


    It keeps going out, both when placed inside my Gen1 MES30, or when in my "mailbox" (actually a toolbox) mod.

    People have been kind enough to share some good suggestions in that thread, so I just wanted to mention it, if you hadn't seen it already, since our problems are at least similar.

    For my own understanding, are you using the 6x6 AMNS tray, or the 5x8 AMNPS tray? What kind of pellets or sawdust are you using? How long does it burn before going out, and are you drying the pellets?
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2017
  20. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    For those who have their AMNPS go out within the first hour or so, go to the following Link, and check out the first 2 posts. The first one is a sure-fired way to get it lit good, if you have a heat gun, and the second post is the ritual I go through to light mine, and mine never goes out (Works Great in 3 different MES units).



    For those who have their AMNPS go out after it's been burning for Hours, check the Link "RedOctobyr" posted above in Post #19.


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