AMNPS A-MAZE-N-PELLET-SMOKER 5X8
First impressions when you take the AMNPS out of the box is, it looks like a Lilliputian flatware organizer.
As you remove it from the box you can feel it is a sturdy built item.
High quality stainless and decent welds, the hefty weight gives you a feeling that this is going to last and has been money well spent.
- After I got everything out and it passed the visual inspection, I started to read the INSTRUCTIONS, yes this is a first for me. At the bottom of this page is a PDF of the User Manual.
- I then followed the instructions, (well not exactly), for cooking off any oily deposits that may be on the unit, I placed the AMNPS in my oven at 275° for twenty minutes. I then removed the unit from the oven with my welding gloves and placed it on a wooden cutting board.
- After the AMNPS had cooled a bit, I got out my bag of Maple Pellets and carefully placed then in the AMNPS.
- I then lit the torch using the stove top. (I suggest getting a Flint Spark Torch Igniter)
- The torch is a pencil tip torch and can be a bear to light with a lighter or matches (well at least mine was) light as close as possible to the brass tip.
I had just thrown some cheese on the GOSM along with some Buck Board Bacon, Cashews, Peanuts and some Fish, outside temperature was 50° and very damp. This is going to be a COLD smoke
- The pellets were ignited using the supplied torch. (you will need a propane tank)
- 30 - 45 seconds later, the torch is turned off (be careful of the tip, the tip of the torch it is hot)
- I completely opened all the vents on the GOSM, then placed the AMNPS into the smoker in the wood pan on a piece of wood to insure adequate air circulation. I waited 10 minutes and then blew out the flame and blew softly but steadily onto the glowing pellets to insure a good burn and let it rip, the smoke was plentiful and steady.
After 5 or 6 hours the smoke had stopped, I checked the AMNPS and it had gone out in the center of the run, I thought that it was odd going out on a straight run.
Anyhow it was easily re ignited and burnt the rest of the way no problem.
My second fill was with Hickory, same procedure as above, a few hours into the burn there was no smoke, so I opened up the door to check the AMNPS and it had ignited, it was burning as a flame, I thought that was odd as well.
After the 2ND burn was over I tried a 3rd batch using Hickory to let it ride overnight, the next morning it was out at one of the turns (probably wasn't filled properly)?
After the 3rd batch I just dumped a hole leg at the burning end and it caught and burnt the rest of the way back no problem.
- Make sure to pack it good around the bends, I have found from this cold smoke that shorter pellets ignite much easier around the bends.
- As simple as it is there is a slight learning curve that everyone has to learn for their own specific application, the instructions can only give you so much info, then the rest is up to you.
- You can easily get 11 hours of steady smoke.
- Look into getting a "Flint Sparker/Striker" you can usually get them for under 5 bucks, Harbor Freight has them for $3.00
- I am completely happy with my purchase and give this bad boy 5 stars.
- Keep a small metal pail for the ashes for a safe, quick cleanup.
Here is a video of the smoke being generated by the AMNPS
- A few cold smoking pics using the AMNPS. Cheese, Fish, Nuts and Buckboard Bacon.
Edited by SQWIB - 10/17/12 at 10:01am