Originally Posted by Scarbelly
I agree with Bear and Al - the only thing I do differently is make sure the AMNS is going well before I put in the SmokinTex because there are no vents except the exhaust at the top so I need to make sure it is going well before I put into the smoker. Usually 10 min is good
Yup---Exactly---I should have mentioned that, because some folks PM me about their AMNS going out, and it even used to happen to me.
The main reason an AMNS goes out is because it really wasn't lit properly to begin with. I have found that you should hold the torch there for about 30 seconds. Then blow very gently on the fire, making it look like the cherry on a well-lit cigar. Then leave it alone for a minute or two. Then blow lightly on it again, then leave it alone. You will notice each time you do this, the smoke will get heavier from the lit area, in fact it will burn your eyes when you get close to it. That is when you know you have it lit right.
This may take 10 minutes, and seem like a PITA, but the fact that it won't go out on you will be a great reward. Once you put it in the smoker, it will smoke a little less than it did right after you blew on it, but it will be fine & it won't go out (unless you allow something to drip on it) !