Originally Posted by SmokeInDaVille
Just got my Masterbuilt 30" electric smoker last night. Plan is to season it tonight and cook a pork loin tomorrow. Been reading a lot of posts on here and came across the AMNPS. Looks like a great idea since it doesn't appear that the MES will hold much wood. My smoker is the Bluetooth version so a gen 2.5.
Is the 5x8 version still the one that will work for me?
Also, what do you use to light the pellets with?
I'm figuring I will get an assortment of the 2 lb packs of pellets and see which ones I like the best. How long will a 2 lb pack last (smoking time wise)? Just curious to see if down the road I might want to go with the larger packs.
Yes. For your smoker the 5x8 tray will work best. I used to use a propane torch to light my AMNPS but I switched to gelled alcohol and a butane BBQ lighter. Todd Johnson sells everything you need on the A-MAZE-N website. I bought my propane torch at a big box hardware store. I bought the gelled alcohol at another store but they only had it in cans. Next time I'll buy a squeeze bottle.
If you're really careful you might be able to pour a little isopropyl or denatured alcohol on about the first inch of wood pellets near one of the lighting holes on the tray and set that on fire. I don't recommend it because someone needs to be scrupulously careful when doing it.
The Pitmaster's Choice is a great mix. Todd sells a bunch of different pellets. I've used hickory, oak, mesquite, apple, pecan, and alder. All Todd's pellets are 100% wood of the type named on the bag. I ordered 5 lb. bags of oak and hickory because those are my favorite woods. With the others I order 2 lb. bags.
I recently found out that for cold smoking wood dust works well and Todd sells that, too, in a bunch of "flavors".