Hi. I have been enjoying the MES 40" (2nd gen) with all its problems and characteristics. I followed a lot of the ideas from other folks here including a mailbox mod. I thank all of you for your help and suggestions. While I have had a lot of successes, I am still struggling to get the AMNPS to burn longer than a couple of hours without having to either relight it or blow on it to keep it going. It seems to be better when doing a hot smoke, but really seems to have problems when cold smoking. I have even tried using a small fan to try to move the air around, but didn't help the pellets to stay going and dried out the food. It has beautiful smoke for the first hour or so, but tapers off to where I have to fuss with it every 1/2 hour or 45 minutes. I have tried heating the pellets in the microwave, oven, and MES (if hot smoking). I did notice that it worked better during the summer, not so much now when it is 12 degrees outside. Because of this, I was thinking that maybe the pellets were cooling off to the point where they would not maintain the heat. Do any of you have any experience with warming the mailbox? What do you use? I was thinking of either trying a light in the box, or a heating pad underneath.
This is some the cold smoking that I have been doing:
The cheese has been really popular, and the salmon was mixed with smoked cream cheese...a big hit a church. The nuts I continue on with them at 250 degrees for about 3 hours after I pull the cheese out.
Thanks for any suggestions on the AMNPS