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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hello all
First of all, thank you all for the wealth of info you share on this site.
I have smoked 4 butts and 2 fatties so far with good results.
Used Bear's step by step for butts (Welcome home brother).
I have an Amazing pellet.
Vent open wide, use propane to light, hair dryer, microwave pellets, pull out chip loader 2inches.
Put amazon on bars next to fire box, tried lit facing each way.
Still won't stay lit for long (maybe 2 hours)
Use maverick therm.
I have an aerator I use for fishing (like a fish tank pump).
Where should I drill a hole or how should I insert it.
Been searching and reading for about 3 h9urs now and I am still clueless.
Bob
post #2 of 12
Using a pump would be a last resort. He might want to consider a mailbox mod before you start drilling holes.
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks b I'll start researching it.
post #4 of 12
Bob, evening..... You do live in the humid part of the country..... Dry the pellets, in the maze, in your oven or smoker at 275 for 2 hours or longer if its convenient... 2 hours works well for me.... Once humidity gets into the cells of the wood, it's a B@#$% to drive it out satisfactorily so they burn/smolder well.... Sounds like it may be going out at the corners.... fill the AMNPS up to the top of the "walls" and higher at the corners... seems to work for most of us.....

The pump, give the MB mod a try first... I have one and it's a BIG deal.....
Dave
post #5 of 12
I second what Dave said about filling it. Even with drying the pellets if mine is not fill it simply will not stay lit.
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks it has been pretty humid.
I'll try a longer dry for the pellets
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by Whaler bob View Post

Hello all
First of all, thank you all for the wealth of info you share on this site.
I have smoked 4 butts and 2 fatties so far with good results.
Used Bear's step by step for butts (Welcome home brother).
I have an Amazing pellet.
Vent open wide, use propane to light, hair dryer, microwave pellets, pull out chip loader 2inches.
Put amazon on bars next to fire box, tried lit facing each way.
Still won't stay lit for long (maybe 2 hours)
Use maverick therm.
I have an aerator I use for fishing (like a fish tank pump).
Where should I drill a hole or how should I insert it.
Been searching and reading for about 3 h9urs now and I am still clueless.
Bob


Hi Bob,

If you follow the advice of the forum your MES should not need the pump.If you preheat your pellets at 275 for 2 hours you dry them out. I did that for a alng time till I broke down and microwaved them. They won't smoke up the microwave. Put a big hand full on a paper plate and nuke for 1 Minn. open the door and inspect. If you have moisture in them you will see condensation. Wipe the plate dry and continue drying for another Minn or so. If you have condensation you might think about your storage container.

I use the large plastic apple sauce jugs Bear uses a large fruit drink jug. Anything with a good  screw lid. Getting that cherry is very important. Bear has repeatedly told folks that it must be big. You should lite the bottom pellets because they are the ones that carry the fire. I know since you are using a hair dryer you think you are getting a good cherry but you need at least to get the first 1/2 to 3/4 of a inch of  pellets burning. Then let it burn while you get your meat ready. Ht it once more with the dryer and insert it into the smoker. if you have it right you don't need to pull the chip tray out but I do just in case a couple of inches.. Good luck. Jted

post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks jted
You really hit the nail on the head.
I was nuking but didn't get all the moisture out. Switching up containers today.
Put them in oven @ 275 for 2 hours and the 2 rows I filled burned completely!!!
I am feeling pretty sporty right about now!
I think I will still do a version of the mailbox mod.
Smoked bluefish is popular around here and they should show up near the end of May.
Thanks again everyone for taking the time to help me.
Bob
post #9 of 12
FYI...if you run them to long in the nuke box they WILL start to smolder/smoke...
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by inkjunkie View Post

FYI...if you run them to long in the nuke box they WILL start to smolder/smoke...


 have never ran them longer than 2 minutes. How did you find out? OK I can guess, how long did it take ? Was it smoldering or fire/? Curious minds want to know but don't want to do it.  Thanks Jted

post #11 of 12
They will start to smolder.... I had some on a paper plate and the plate turned brown.... I then switched to a glass pie plate.... Then I started putting them in the maze and either in the oven or the smoker at 275...... which is where I dry them today....
post #12 of 12

The guys have it figured out!

Sometimes, moisture will affect how the pellets burn.  Most pellets are produced with 6%-8% moisture.  There are some companies that use waste lumber, and do not use additional dryers to reduce the moisture content before they produce pellets.  Their moisture content could be 12% or even higher.  This doesn't necessarily mean they produce bad pellets, just produce pellets with a slightly higher moisture content.  Also, wood pellets are anhydrous, and can absorb moisture from the air.  A couple 60 second cycles in the microwave will definitely remove any excess moisture from your pellets.  Just make sure you place the pellets in a "Microwave Safe Bowl"

 

You can also fill the tray with pellets, and place it in your MES while it warms up

 

Other issues with the MES can be a lack of draft thru the smoker

Simply pulling the chip pan out 1.5" and pulling the chip loader out 2" can help dramatically

Also, make sure the exhaust vent is wide open

Adding a 3" elbow to the exhaust also helps draw air thru the smoker

 

Adding an air pump is not necessary

 

 

Todd

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