Originally Posted by Tombigbee
Thanks for the advise. Going to try the AMNPS using pellets. If it works properly it will suit me better than having that cold smoker box sitting off to the side.
Bear, care to expound on the art of lighting one, and keeping it lit in an MES40? Where do you place it in the smoker? I assume when it is used that the internal chip tray, etc. will not be, correct?
Thanks again for the help
Here's a thread that starts out with a video by "ScooterMagoo" on how to light it with the assistance of a heat gun, and in Post #2 you can read how I do it:
I always use Hickory too, which is one of the easiest to keep smoking. If you want to use Cherry, you have to mix it with something that burns easier, like Hickory, Oak, Maple, etc...
I've coached a lot of people who were ready to give up, but they kept listening & trying, and most of them mastered it.
Those same people are now telling others how to light it properly.
Some think they have it going good, and it goes out halfway down the first row, or on the bend, and if it wasn't wet, or it wasn't Cherry, and it goes out, it was probably still because it really wasn't lit good enough.
You can tell if it's lit right that it will never go out on it's own when you do a short smoke, and put a lot more pellets in than you needed, and you try to separate the pellets to get it to stop. Even after you separate the pellets, it will continue to smoke for a half hour.
People that don't take the time to learn to light it right give the AMNPS a bad name.
Note: People in high altitudes could have trouble getting an AMNPS to stay lit.