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Originally Posted by milkman55 View Post

Assuming you got the AMNPS 5x8 which is made for the MES30, the smoker goes on the two rails just to the left of the heating unit. It is made to fit like a glove and you get good ventilation from below with the tray suspended on the rails. I leave my chip loader tray open about 2" to allow air flow to keep the AMNPS to burn consistently.

 

 

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Originally Posted by GaryHibbert View Post
 

I've got a MES 30  Gen 1 and an AMMPS.  To get everything to work perfectly I added the mailbox mod and leave the chip tray pulled out about 2".  Never fails to perform great/

 

Gary


I've struggled with keeping my AMZN lit.  I left the top vents open and layed the tray on the rods to the left of the chip tray - nothing else.  Not sure what your "mailbox" mod is.  Are you saying pull the exterior chip tray out 2" for vent, or the interior tray?  Thanks!

post #22 of 25
The external chip tray you pull out about 1-2".
Make sure the internal chip tray is empty so it doesn't fire in addition to your AMNPS smoke box.

The mailbox mod mentioned is completely different where you place the AMNPS in a rural mailbox and attach it with vent duct. Really useful for cold smoking, but you should be able to get this to work as described in this thread.

Just make sure you get a good light and let it burn for 7-10 min before you place in the smoker. Don't overfill the tray where you may get the fire to jump over the channels.
post #23 of 25


Got it.  I'll give it another try.  Thanks, Milkman!!

post #24 of 25

Thanks for the info on the Gen 1 / 30. I'll dig up some beach sand and fill the water tray. I had forgotten that the  drip / drain pan has an insulating air pocket underneath it.

Smoked brunch for Mothers day with plenty of smoke and great flavor but too salty, I'm still learning, ;)  .  With the 12" smoke tube loaded to within 1" of the top it smoked very well for 3 hours, just the right amount of time. IMO.

Ron

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Originally Posted by Renron View Post

Thanks for the info on the Gen 1 / 30. I'll dig up some beach sand and fill the water tray. I had forgotten that the  drip / drain pan has an insulating air pocket underneath it.
Smoked brunch for Mothers day with plenty of smoke and great flavor but too salty, I'm still learning, ;)  .  With the 12" smoke tube loaded to within 1" of the top it smoked very well for 3 hours, just the right amount of time. IMO.
Ron

With the gen 1and the bottom rear outside grease trap I stuck a cork in the drain tube from the outside so no air comes in the smoker except through the chip loader hole (I use the mailbox mod.) I never generated pools of drippings on the bottom drip tray so the grease drain has never been used. I use a large sheet of foil to cover the bottom drip pan and the hole in it. When your smoker is up to temp and cycling on and off you can't keep a lighter lit at the bottom grease drain on the bottom back of the smoker because the volume of air that is drawn in through it with the top vent open or closed sucks the flame into the smoker. I plugged all the mounting holes on the underside of the mailbox except two pencil sized holes 3" from the door and no holes drilled in it except the 3" hole in the back of the mailbox for vent pipe. Lots of air comes through the bottom of the front door between the hinges. A 3"×2' aluminum vent pipe in the chip loader hole on the outside of the smoker and supported so it's horizontal is a place to slide in and hold your Amnts if you don't want it in your smoker. If your done applying smoke you dont have to open the smoker to remove it and it cant get drips on it to catch fire so its safer. I usually fill the 12" Amnts half way and shake sideways to level across the entire tube and get the same amount of smoke as the Amnps.
-Kurt
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