Originally Posted by MBW102
Mine is a gen 1 I believe it has the vent on top. There so many posts recommending one or the other. I've herd it is hard to keep the ANMSP lit ! Thanks for you response.
Every person who claims the AMNPS is hard to keep lit doesn't know how to light and how to position it in their smoker. I had it go out on me quite a few times until I followed the instructions given by Todd and by Bearcarver to the letter. If you put in a little bit of extra effort it WILL stay lit. I've made no mods to my MES 30 digital Gen 1 because I don't need to. For my smoker, I found out that the airflow seems to be better towards the rear so that's where I insert the smoking end of the AMNPS. I also pull the wood chip loader out about half an inch but not sure how much that helps--I know it doesn't hurt.
The key to the AMNPS is to get it fired up and to let it smoke for about 20-30 minutes before inserting it in the smoker. When I first apply the blowtorch I leave it on the pellets for about 30 seconds or so to really heat them up until the orange flame appears. I still blow on the lit end to make the pellets bright red and to heat up the pellets behind the front, burning one. I let the fire burn until a breeze puts it out and I just let the AMNPS smoke on the ground for the 20-30 minutes I mentioned before. At the end of the that time I pick up the AMNPS and again blow a few times on the smoking pellets to get them glowing bright red and to ignite a flame again. I let the flame burn as I carry the AMNPS to the smoker and blow out the flame just before pushing the AMNPS onto the two rails next to the wood chip loader, smoking side toward the rear.
Yeah, it's a bit of work but in return I get at least 6 solid hours of TBS and many times the AMNPS is still smoking when the job is done and I've taken it out of the MES. I can just about guarantee that if you light the AMNPS the way I've described you will get your hours of trouble-free smoke no matter which way you insert it into your smoker.