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post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by johnnyb99 View Post

Thanks to everyone for all of your responses.  I'm hoping one of the presents I open tonight will be the AMNPS I've been waiting to get! :)  I'm smoking a Turkey as I type this and was thinking how nice it would be to not have to go out and add wood chips all the time.  
I'm glad to hear that others are having success with using it in the Cajun Injector.  It looks like the only main hurdles are keeping oxygen to it, and keeping drippings off of it.  I have just a couple more questions for you folks using this in the cajun injector. 

Are you removing the wood chip box?
How are you "cracking the door open" for more oxygen?
Has anyone tried propping the wood chute door open for air flow?

I don't know what I would do without this forum.  You guys are awsome.

Johnny, hope you get your amnps, you will love it. As far as your question:
1) do not remove the chip box or tray. The smoker is designed to have it in.
2) I have never had the need to prop the door open. If you light the amnps properly, it will burn. I use a drip pan under my meat which makes for easy cleanup and keeps drippings off the amnps. Preheat the smoker before you put the amnps inside and open the air damper wide open. You should not have a problem with air flow.
3) If you feel the need, use a piece of wood pellet to CRACK the chip chute door open slightly. Remember, the more fresh air the smoker pulls in, the harder it has to work to maintain temp and the CI does not have a high wattage heat element.

Best of luck and smoke on.
post #22 of 28

I have the larger cajun xl unit.  I use the the amps tube smoker in mine and it works great.. I always place my pellets in the oven to dry them out before placing them in the tube and lighting....Merry Christmas to all.....

post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by johnnyb99 View Post

Thanks to everyone for all of your responses.  I'm hoping one of the presents I open tonight will be the AMNPS I've been waiting to get! :)  I'm smoking a Turkey as I type this and was thinking how nice it would be to not have to go out and add wood chips all the time.  
I'm glad to hear that others are having success with using it in the Cajun Injector.  It looks like the only main hurdles are keeping oxygen to it, and keeping drippings off of it.  I have just a couple more questions for you folks using this in the cajun injector. 

Are you removing the wood chip box?
How are you "cracking the door open" for more oxygen?
Has anyone tried propping the wood chute door open for air flow?

I don't know what I would do without this forum.  You guys are awsome.

I use the Amaze-n tube smoker in my CI and have done both cold and hot smoke with it. I have never had an issue, once I learned how to use it. The tray type shouldn't be much different. Just be sure to fill it properly, give it a shake to make sure the pellets are packed evenly. When lighting...torch it until the entire burning end glows nicely, and then torch it another 15 seconds or so. :-)

Airflow has never been a problem in mine as long as I got the smoker burning well. I do leave the door slightly ajar during the 5-10 minute pre-burn just to make sure it stays lit. So far I havent had any need to leave the front door or the feed door open. Sometimes, being kind of anal retentive, I will pull the chip tray out about a half inch, though I'm not sure it is really neccessary. Just remember to push it back in if you decide to add chips at the end to extend your smoke time or add a different flavor.

Good luck and happy smoking!
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by hamrhead1971 View Post

I have a Cajun Injector smoker and I bought the AMNPS recently. You should place the AMNPS either on the small rack to the left and above the chip tray or on the two rods directly beside the tray. One thing to remember is always put the lit side of your AMNPS towards the chip tray. If you put the lit side next to the wall, it will not get the proper air flow.

I realized my amnps was backwards after I took this pic.

220°, door shut tight, TBS is rolling

 

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Originally Posted by hamrhead1971 View Post

I have a Cajun Injector smoker and I bought the AMNPS recently. You should place the AMNPS either on the small rack to the left and above the chip tray or on the two rods directly beside the tray. One thing to remember is always put the lit side of your AMNPS towards the chip tray. If you put the lit side next to the wall, it will not get the proper air flow.

I realized my amnps was backwards after I took this pic.

220°, door shut tight, TBS is rolling

I own a MES 30 and I always place the AMNPS in lit end first. My thinking is that with the top vent and the side wood chip loader pulled out air flow is greater in the rear of the smoker. The results in my smoker have proven I was right.

post #25 of 28
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Originally Posted by hamrhead1971 View Post

I have a Cajun Injector smoker and I bought the AMNPS recently. You should place the AMNPS either on the small rack to the left and above the chip tray or on the two rods directly beside the tray. One thing to remember is always put the lit side of your AMNPS towards the chip tray. If you put the lit side next to the wall, it will not get the proper air flow.

I realized my amnps was backwards after I took this pic.

220°, door shut tight, TBS is rolling


I own a MES 30 Gen 1 and I always insert the AMNPS lit end first. With the wide-open top vent to right in the rear and the wood chip loader partly pulled out and also on that side, I thought the air flow would be greater back there and the results from my smoker have proven I was right.

post #26 of 28
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Well I didn't get the AMNPS for Christmas, but luckily my birthday was the next day and I finally got it!  :yahoo:

Went out to Ace Hardware right away and bought a mini propane torch.  Today is the day for the first smoke with it.  Rolled up two good looking fatties yesterday for today's smoke.  Lucked out yesterday at Costco and found a 30 pack of drips trays for only 6 bucks.  I'll probably post the pics in the fattie section.

post #27 of 28
Thread Starter 

Ok, so I did my first smoke using the AMNPS.  I think things went pretty darn good. I placed the AMNPS on the bottom little rack next to the smoker box (pics below).  The only concern I have is that I might have been burning pellets a little to quickly.  I was smoking a couple of fatties so I only filled it half way with pellets.  They burned up in about 3 to 3 1/2 hours.  It also sure seemed like I was getting alot of smoke coming out of the damper.  Perhaps I should try putting in on the rail right below that next time to see if it burns a little slower.  I honestly figured it would burn faster down there,

post #28 of 28

I DID get an AMNPS for Christmas, and I'm gonna use it for the 1st time today, can't wait! Rubbed up a venison roast yesterday and just wove it up a little bacon babushka for it. My question is, why not put the AMNPS on the floor of the smoker off to the side of the heating element? Won't it be far enough away??

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