Originally Posted by kryinggame
First, off don't pull your trays completely out. I keep them about 2 inches open.
What type of pellets are you using?
Where are you positioning the AMNPS? I have the 30 inch MES. I align my AMNPS on the bottom left side BUT DON'T PUSH IT ALL THE WAY IN. I was having the same problem as you are. The solution was to place the AMNPS into the slot on the left side but have the front of the AMNPS aligned next to the open tray. Think about it, you need air to keep the AMNPS burning. If you push the AMNPS all the way into that tight slot, air is not going to allow it to burn properly.
Once I figured this out, I've never had a problem with the pellets burning out and I'm getting 3 - 4 hours for each side.
I hope this helps.
You said "trays". Are you referring to both the wood chip tray and loader? Or one or the other? I thought the instructions said to remove the wood chip tray but I remove the loader too, which may allow too much air to get inside of the smoker.
I've used "oak" from Todd and two other types from different companies. Same results regardless. I have a hard time starting them and the smolder too quickly once I get it going.
I don't think the AMNPS is getting shoved all the way in. I do have it on the left side beside the wood chip tray area. Once it's going, it goes too well and the pellets smolder too fast.
Originally Posted by DaveOmak
Steve, morning and welcome to the forum..... Glad you stopped in..... Did the AMNPS come with directions ?? Todd usually includes them and they should help you with the pitfalls others have experienced when first trying to use it.... I have found my AMNPS needs to be filled about 1/8" from the top of the dividers and fully filled at the corners to get a continuous smoke cycle.... Depending on where you live, altitude and humidity can be a factor..... Please stop into " Roll Call
" and introduce yourself for a proper welcome from our members..... Enjoy the long smokey ride.... Dave
Yes, the AMNPS came with instructions. One problem is that I can't get the fire to burn for the 10 minutes that Todd calls for. I have to relight a corner or two during the initial fire phase. I might not have the corners packed well enough and that might be my problem. I'm in Charleston, SC, which is pretty much sea level and usually not humid in the late fall/winter.
Originally Posted by SQWIB Are you trying to keep a flame like a candle? or are you letting it burn like a cigar?It should not have a flame, it needs to burn like a cigar.
When I first start the pellets I burn it like a candle to get the embers going. My problem is that it won't stay burning like a candle for the first 10 minutes. The candle fire seems to always go out. When I put the tray inside of the smoker I always blow out the fire to smolder like a cigar.