Don't feel bad---I got stuck with one too.
I'd like to know the saem thing..
I'm in South Korea and having a hell of a time smokin pork butt on a contraption i put together from a hibachi grill (with no lid) tin foil, and a commercial casserole pan. what a pain.. noone sells smokers here and i'm not going to buy a weber for $300 US.
I'm ready to build something.. probably out of an office cabinet.
I was almost sold on the smoke daddy until i read enough reviews about the AMAZEN.
thing is.. untainted saw dust is impossible to find here.... but i can get wood chunks and chips and I want to know if they will work very well. I'm concerned the chips will die out if they are not fine enough.
please take a look at the photo in the link bc these guys seem to be the largest (possibly only) supplier out here..
Any advice on this would be great.
The chips in the link are too big for the AMNPS
Before you invest in anything, why not build your smoking cabinet first, and then worry about smoke production??
You can make foil packets with chips inside, for smoke production, or a cast iron pan on a hot plate works too.
My vote is for the A-maze-n pellet smoker. It doesnt get any easier to get great smoke and Todd provides the best support that you will find anywhere if you have issues or need any assistance with his units.
Love mine, and will use it again this weekend!!! I agree that building your own is a great idea, check the forums for home builds.
I got the AMNPS and used it for the first time last week with my MES 30 on a pork butt. It worked well but it went through the pellets within 7-8 hours--but that can be on account of the high winds and I kept futzing with the chip loader, so there was just a bit too much air circulating in there.
I had gotten it after cold smoking some bacon with the tin can/soldering iron contraption. I can't wait to get some more belly and use the AMNPS. Also, the Pitmaster pellets are awesome.
The AMNSP has my vote. That thing is the bomb. I have been smoking a LONG time and I must say I got the best smoke flavor I ever have using it. It's so simple to use my 12 year old niece who has never smoked a thing in her life could use it and get good results. On top of all that, Todd's customer service is the best I have come across in a VERY long time, you just don't get customer service like he provides any more.
I have the AMNPS and have never used the chip tray on my MES. Can get a good 10 hrs of smoke. Have cold smoked cheese in my Weber kettle that turned out fantastic. Never had a problem, usually I burn Traeger pellets in it because I own a 075 and they are easy to come by around here. Simple, reliable, inexpensive, foolproof My best smoke generator, And I am not a paid endorser. Great job Todd!!