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I'm almost too embarrassed to post this.  I'm on my 6th day trying to get the pellets to smoke, working at it all day.  I have a GOSM 36" and am using ( in the beginning the oak pellets that came with the tray) and now a bag of bear Mountain pecan and a bag of cherry, both with an oak base (70/30 I believe).  I started the conventional way, i.e. light one end and let it burn for 10 minutes.  I always have to keep lighting (with a propane torch) to maintain a flame because they won't stay lit, even out in the open.  I have a mailbox mounted to the bottom of the GOSM and one 90 degree 4" duct going into the bottom of the smoker sealed with a fire rated compound and aluminum foil tape.  When I couldn't get the pellets to stay lit after putting the tray into the mailbox I cut a square opening in the bottom of the box directly below the pellet tray.  The pellets would go out shortly after putting them in the box.  Not enough venting?  Then I drilled five 1" diameter holes in the back of the box.  Then, thinking there might be too much air  I started taping over openings with aluminum foil tape starting with a few all the way back to no venting.  Same results.  Then I installed a stack over the top opening thinking it would improve draft through the smoker.  Same results.  Then I installed a small 12vdc fan on top of the stack.  Same results  I've microwaved the pellets for 90 seconds, baked them in the oven at 250 degrees for 2 hours and baked them in the smoker at 300 degrees for 3 hours.  No help. I increased and decreased the amount of pellets in the tray and tried mixing some small chips in with the pellets.  I tried all these things several times and in different combinations.  WHITE FLAG, UNCLE AND ANY OTHER FORM OF SURRENDER.  I need someone with a Phd in smoking pellets.

post #2 of 9

Wow, you wouldn't think something that's flammable would be THAT hard to get lit with a propane torch!   "I've microwaved the pellets for 90 seconds, baked them in the oven at 250 degrees for 2 hours and baked them in the smoker at 300 degrees for 3 hours.  No help. I increased and decreased the amount of pellets in the tray and tried mixing some small chips in with the pellets.  I tried all these things several times and in different combinations."  ...and... "They won't stay lit, even out in the open." ?????

 

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 This is crazy talk.  Give me charcoal. 

post #3 of 9

Jimbo, sorry your "pellets" aren't working. frown.gif

 

Have you contacted Tjohnson ( our own Smoke Generator dealer) and/or tried His pelletsicon_question.gif

 

I've not heard of ant complaints on his pellets and he has a really good line of Smoking tubes and Mazes. The advertisements are on the side of the pages. Very nice Gentleman and a great person to deal with ...i.e.-a good businessman.biggrin.gif

 

He may have what you need and some of the other members will be here later to give hints and lead you to a good experience.

 

Have fun and . . .

post #4 of 9

It could be that your pellets are too moist so try putting them in the microwave for 2-3 minutes to help remove some of the water. This is a trick that many of us use when pellets refuse to stay alight.

post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by Wade View Post

It could be that your pellets are too moist so try putting them in the microwave for 2-3 minutes to help remove some of the water. This is a trick that many of us use when pellets refuse to stay alight.

He said,  "I've microwaved the pellets for 90 seconds, baked them in the oven at 250 degrees for 2 hours and baked them in the smoker at 300 degrees for 3 hours.  No help." 

post #6 of 9

Sorry yes - early morning here. I read it several times but must have skimmed over that bit at the end each time. No further suggestions then. Maybe buy a batch from a different supplier to see whether it is the pellets or the tray that is the problem.

post #7 of 9

This and a couple other threads I've been reading makes you wonder about these pellet poopers.

post #8 of 9

I may be way out of line. After reading jimbo's post. He states that the "flame", goes out when he puts it in the box.

If I am not mistaken that, that is what should happen (flame goes out) that will then produce the blue smoke.

  I am ordering a box from Todd today. Just not sure which.

 other smoke boxes I have used never had a flame just smoke.

post #9 of 9

Tried to delete this


Edited by fuzzyfishin - 9/15/13 at 6:41am
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