First let me say howdies. My first post but I have been reading for months.
I searched and read alot of post on the AMNPS and have a basic understanding, but I'm still encountering issues. This is my second attempt using the pellets and I'm having a different problem this time.
First time was a turkey breast. I microwaved the pellets for a minute, lit and put them in smoker. Tray was sitting on lowest rack right above the water tray. The tray loader was closed and chimney vent open. Pellets went out very early. Didn't even burn 2 inchs into first row. I finished the smoke with chips instead.
This time, I'm trying my first pulled pork (following the basic pulled pork sticky thread) and my pellets are burning up like wild fire. 2hrs in, I had to reload the pellet tray and that's NOT normal from what I have read. I did my shoulder fat side down like the post said to, which seems to be dripping down onto the tray causing flare ups. I tented the tray with foil and now it's gone out again.
I'm also noticing a big variation in smoker temps.. (possibly from the flares?). It's set on 230 but have seen it climb as high as 275. What am I doing wrong? Internal meat temp is already up to 135 and it's only been in the smoker for 4 hrs. 10lb bone in shoulder I was expecting to take 12-18hrs. Any suggestions??