I got a 30" MES and an AMNPS in December. I've tried many times, but have yet to get them working together properly. It won't stay lit. I have read a bunch of threads on this site about similar problems, and I tried to follow the advice, but it hasn't worked. So I figured I'd start my own thread.
I try to follow the instructions provided by Todd as closely as I can. I fill the AMNPS with oak pellets, take a torch to it for 45sec, let the flame burn for 10 min, blow it out. Then I blow on the coles for a while to get them going well. But whenever I put it in the smoker, it doesn't last. I have tried:
-microwaving the pellets for a few minutes before use
-opening the chip loader and chip trays at various levels
-having the exhaust all of the way open
-usually have it on the lowest rack on the left side
-no food in the smoker so drips are not an issue
-no water in the pan
-smoker at 225,275, or off
I don't think the initial burn time is an issue, I've burned half a row sometimes before I blow it out.
I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong but I'd love to figure it out how to get some solid smoke production for a long period of time.