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post #21 of 30
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I just added this old Picture to the original post from when I first started using my AMNS.

The AMNPS had not been invented yet.

 

Bear

 

 

I started out with only 8 Jugs:

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post #22 of 30

I keep my pellets (corn cob by Best Cob - Tractor Supply, 40 lb. bag for $20.00) outside on the back porch in old plastic coffee cans with no liners or anything.  I do a mixture of corn cob pellets and a little pitmaster pellets in an empty plastic coffee can (Folger's, to be precise) and nuke them 1½ min. in the microwave while I set up my racks in the smokehouse for horizontal smoking (lay oven grates over hanging dowels and put Amaze Matz on them).  Fill up my pellet tray with the pellets, blowtorch them for a couple minutes and we're off and running!  Rarely do I have to re-light them.  I keep them outside on my back porch (out of the rain) and don't worry about them at all, the microwave cures any moisture problems and they light with no problem - easy peasy set-it-and-forget-it do-it and done.  The corn cob pellets are a little harder to light but still, with the microwave, it keeps them consistent always.  For me, it's the easiest and simplest way possible.  And yes, we get lots of spring and fall rains, 100% humidity.

post #23 of 30
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Originally Posted by Pops6927 View Post
 

I keep my pellets (corn cob by Best Cob - Tractor Supply, 40 lb. bag for $20.00) outside on the back porch in old plastic coffee cans with no liners or anything.  I do a mixture of corn cob pellets and a little pitmaster pellets in an empty plastic coffee can (Folger's, to be precise) and nuke them 1½ min. in the microwave while I set up my racks in the smokehouse for horizontal smoking (lay oven grates over hanging dowels and put Amaze Matz on them).  Fill up my pellet tray with the pellets, blowtorch them for a couple minutes and we're off and running!  Rarely do I have to re-light them.  I keep them outside on my back porch (out of the rain) and don't worry about them at all, the microwave cures any moisture problems and they light with no problem - easy peasy set-it-and-forget-it do-it and done.  The corn cob pellets are a little harder to light but still, with the microwave, it keeps them consistent always.  For me, it's the easiest and simplest way possible.  And yes, we get lots of spring and fall rains, 100% humidity.

Thanks Pops!
I keep forgetting to check if our local Tractor Supply carries those Corn Cob Pellets. I wonder if All "TSC" places carry them?

 

Like I said in my original post, I think the air flow has a lot to do with it too. 

You probably get a lot more air flow than most of the MES 30s and MES 40s.

I never have trouble with mine either, but I have to keep them dry, so I don't have to Nuke or Heat them.

 

I made this Thread because sometimes it seems like a full time Job helping people to get the pellets to burn in their MES.

So now I can refer them to this Thread.

 

Bear

post #24 of 30

Yes, they should, they are horse bedding by Best Cob, and TS is their national distributor.   I heat them if, for anything, the corn cob smell emanating from them, brings back so many memories of the crushed corn cobs dad used in his smoking, so it is an enjoyment to heat them rather than a one-minute bother.  And, mixing them with the pitmaster's gives additional aromas to our kitchen; so pleasant and pleasing!

 

 

 

 

From:  http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/149282/bestcob-corn-cob-pellets-for-amnps

 

 

LL

post #25 of 30
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Thanks Pops!! Thumbs Up

 

 

Bear

post #26 of 30
Im gonna need a LOT jugs. Just went in on a group buy of lumberjack pellets. I've got 21 40# bags...

I lined 32 gal trash cans with a garbage bag and put 4 bags in each can then tie the bag up and cover. Hopefully that works. I'll find out eventually.
post #27 of 30
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Originally Posted by mowin View Post

Im gonna need a LOT jugs. Just went in on a group buy of lumberjack pellets. I've got 21 40# bags...

I lined 32 gal trash cans with a garbage bag and put 4 bags in each can then tie the bag up and cover. Hopefully that works. I'll find out eventually.


That should be fine!

The Zip bags Todd sends kept mine dry for years. I only worry about them once I open those bags.

That's why I put them all in Jugs as soon as I open those Bags, but any kind of sealing like you did should be fine.

 

 

Bear

post #28 of 30

Another way you can keep them dry is to buy some of these andput in the Coffee cans/ jugs.

I dehydrate a lot of foods, and throw one of these in with them.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/100-PACK-5-Gram-Non-Toxic-Silica-Gel-Desiccant-Moisture-Absorber-Dehumidifier-/251968886758?hash=item3aaa8417e6:g:qEIAAOSwPZ5VSZJ

post #29 of 30
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Originally Posted by PitBulMom View Post
 

Another way you can keep them dry is to buy some of these andput in the Coffee cans/ jugs.

I dehydrate a lot of foods, and throw one of these in with them.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/100-PACK-5-Gram-Non-Toxic-Silica-Gel-Desiccant-Moisture-Absorber-Dehumidifier-/251968886758?hash=item3aaa8417e6:g:qEIAAOSwPZ5VSZJ

Thanks PBM,
Yup---That would work, but as long as you keep them in something sealed (Jars, Jugs, Bags, Etc), it wouldn't be needed.

 

 

Bear

post #30 of 30

I got lots of those from all the drugs I buy (prescription, of course!  lol!).

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