I have heard the tube works better in a UDS if that is what you have. What are you smoking? Is anything dripping on it? How cold is it etc.... I see this is your first post. It helps us to know more information so we can help you better to figure out the problem and get a solution for you. You should also stop by roll call and introduce yourself. If you add a location to your profile we can help you out better too. Happy smoking. timber.
I always put mine in the microwave for 1 min. Then I stir them and wait 5 min fallowed by 1 more min in the microwave. Then I look at the clock and spend 15 Min getting it going before I put it in. As soon as I skit the 15 min I get reminded by it going out that I am not taking enough time.
Jeffro, I am also in the Gulf Coast and deal with the humidity. I am hit and miss for keeping the pellets lit. Sometimes they work really well and today, I had to take the tray out two different times to relight. I lite the pellets and let them burn for 15-30 minutes before I put them in the smoker. But I would not go without my AMNPS because it just makes good smoke.
Don't give up.
Jeffro...yes the weather plays a big part. even though the pellets are inside the smoker, It's hot and should be dry, I still have a hard time keeping them lit sometimes. Keep trying cause it's worth it.
Victoria...yes. All my life.
I'm hoping it gets cool enough to cold smoke some cheese soon. Never done it.
I assume no intake vents on the floor of the smoker? Before I light the pellets, I quickly run my torch up and down each row of the AMNPS or AMNTS 2-3 times without letter the flames ignite the pellets to help dry them out. Then I quickly light one end.