I give up on these pellets smoking and ready to go back to wood chips, even as bad as I hate adding chips every 15 - 20 minutes.Today was the umpteenth time that I couldn't keep my AMNPS lit. I would lite it initially ... let it burn 30 minute plus ... blow on it like Bear says until I get a red rose ... put it in smoker and 10 minutes it has died ... take it out and rel-light it, put it back and it goes out again... did that 4 times, so I finally gave up and added pellets a few at a time every 15 minutes to the chip loader.
I tried setting it on the bottom shelf on left side ... I tried setting it on a wire rack the same size as the maze to elevate it off the bottom pan ... I tried the chip loader closed ...I tried the chip loader dumpside down and out approx 1 1/2 - 2 inches ... I tried vent wide open ...tried vent half open ... and I tried everything I could think of and the chips still died ... I even nuked the pellets prior to light them the first time today.
I don't know how in the world you people that love these pellets keep the pellets smoking as I can't. This is the main reason I haven't tried smoking a Brisket and Pork Shoulder because of the length of time and the pellets won't stay lit, so I can trust the pellets to smoke for 7-8-9-10 hrs and I am not going to baby sit the smoker adding wood chips for that many hrs.
Sorry about my rant here, but I am really "P" off about this pellet thing and am sorry I ever invested $100+ into them.