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I made another great batch of smokey bacon this weekend with my buddy as he wanted to makes some after tasting mine.  As I was setting up the AMNPS I was wondering how the depth of the pellets vs. the length of them affect the smoke generation.

My initial thoughts are that the length of them (how many rows are filled) is more time based and the depth controls the amount of smoke generated.  Has anyone played around with only filling it half full, but the entire length to see if you get the same smoke time (~10 hours for me) but less quantity of smoke?  When I fill it full (depth) I get more than enough smoke for my UDS.  Maybe next time I'll only fill it 75% full.  It does make sense that there is a minimum depth that would sustain combustion.

dave

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I made another great batch of smokey bacon this weekend with my buddy as he wanted to makes some after tasting mine.  As I was setting up the AMNPS I was wondering how the depth of the pellets vs. the length of them affect the smoke generation.

My initial thoughts are that the length of them (how many rows are filled) is more time based and the depth controls the amount of smoke generated.  Has anyone played around with only filling it half full, but the entire length to see if you get the same smoke time (~10 hours for me) but less quantity of smoke?  When I fill it full (depth) I get more than enough smoke for my UDS.  Maybe next time I'll only fill it 75% full.  It does make sense that there is a minimum depth that would sustain combustion.

dave

Dave,

You're on to something....

Yes, you can fill the rows up on 3/4 of the way and it will produce less smoke.  Less than 3/4 full, and you run the risk of the pellets burning out.  You still need that bed of coals to keep it going.  If you want to try 3/4 full, make sure you don't have large pellets sticking up. They should be laying down or break them up into smaller pieces.  It's all about surface area of the pellets, to keep it going

TJ

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