Originally Posted by bigforkg
I just about had it with this thing! I put the pellets in the oven for 4 hours last night at 185°, I know because I had a thermometer with the pellets, with the door cracked open to let any moisture escape. It will not go longer than one and a half hours before it completely out. It's not lack of air I put it in my Char-griller 50-50, and if you know this grill it has plenty of holes and gaps. My pellets are from Amazing and are sealed in a mason jar.
So do I toss it? Put a air pump? Or get a smoke daddy or other version of?
The only reason I purchased it was because it's supposed to work WITHOUT electricity. If I put pump then what's the point could have purchased a different brand. If I have to bake the pellets the that takes more time and LOTS more electricity than a 7 watt aquarium pump vs a 3000 watt oven times 2 or 3.
Mail box mod is out of the question I'm not cutting up a smoker purchasing a mailbox and tubing to make this thing work.
So, you're using the AMNPS in the firebox of your Char-Griller or are you placing it under the cooking grate on the charcoal side? At the end of 1 1/2 hours it's gone out? Do you have unburnt wood pellets left? If so, how many rows?
I did some reading up on your grill and I did see that there are gaps and holes which let air in and make it harder to control heat and to snuff out the fire after you're done cooking. But if your AMNPS goes out with pellets left unburnt, somehow the pellet tray is being smothered by the accumulation of smoke or something wherever you have it placed. I have a MES 30 Gen 1 and after I learned to light it properly and place it in my smoker where there was plenty of airflow I have zero problems with it going out before all the wood pellets have turned to ash.
The key here is that if the AMNPS burns freely and for hours on the ground outside the smoker then the problem lies within the smoker.
I agree with Bear that you should contact Todd about the Tube Smoker and see if something can be arranged. At the very least he'll offer you very good advice. All I know is that since I've been using the AMNPS the Q I produce is on a par with anything I've had at BBQ restaurants.