Originally Posted by Trikefreak
I have the newer model 40 with vent on the side. Myself, and others, have issues keeping it burning. There's been a list of different ideas folks have shared to make it work, and I've yet to find the secret. I'm going to try the pellet tube, and if that doesn't work, I'm moving on to something more consistent.
Yep ... same problem. I even put 2# of my pellets in the dehydrator and I know they are DRY.
I think that the physical size of the pellet may be an issue. I notice as they burn they seem to lose contact with each other and then the smoke peters out after awhile.
I removed the loader tube and the chip pan completely ... not much if any better. When it first starts it has plenty of draft and good smoke comes out the vent ... slowly dies out however.
I also notice that if I light the pellets from the trailing end that it actually burns better than if I lite it from the front through the hole in the end.
I may just make my own and see if I can get a better burn ... maybe bigger holes in the screen mesh.
I made a can with an aquarium air pump and it burns great ... just hate to put a hole in the smoker to use it.