Pros: Burns dust OR pellets for long extended smokes
Cons: Need to be sure you light pellets well with a torch-not really a con
I was a 100% wood chunk guy, wrapped them in aluminum foil, produced great smokes, and have a huge variety of fruit and nut wood I get for free. I joined the forum and saw all these goodies I could make using cold smoke techniques. Well when the temperature was below freezing at light off time early in the morning and only rose to about 50 it was no problem keeping a low temp with a few coals and chunk. As spring temps got here it became harder and harder to do cold smoking and basically had to man the grill opening vents, doors and lid constantly, no fun. So from all I read, I decided to get the AMZNPS and it works great. I tried a few short cuts to light it off and had no problems with getting the dust going, but found I needed a butane torch to fire off the pellets correctly.
Very sturdy built stainless steel, but don't use over direct heat and make sure it gets good air flow.
Great TBS smoke and though I have never tried another brand of pellets or dust, I have read Todd's (AMZNPS) are the best. They do have a great smokey smell and taste, true to the wood. I have used the smoker also in higher heat situations and it works well there too. I will still be using my well cured chunks when I can, but for low and slow or cold smoking it's the AMZNPS for me. I have never done an overnight smoke, but this allows me to do it and get some sleep (as long as the bears don't rip me off), it will burn up to 11 hours I have read.