A-Maze-N-Smoker Recommendation for Masterbuilt 30"

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by lizardman, Apr 6, 2015.

  1. lizardman

    lizardman Fire Starter

    I have a Masterbuilt 30" 'John McLemore Signature Series' stainless/glass door with front digital controls and a slanted drip deflector. This unit always needs to be set to the highest temp to even produce a minimum (sad) amount of smoke. I mainly smoke pig ribs, chicken (whole and parts), fish, and pork butts.I am going to get an A-Maze-N-Smoker add-on unit, I have a few questions:

    * Which specific A-Maze-N-Smoker product works best with this model smoker? One concern is getting one that fits and doesn't take up any meat real estate.

    * Where exactly in this unit do I place the A-Maze-N-Smoker gadget?

    * For what I smoke, which would be better overall, pellets or dust?

    Thanks in advance for everyone's feedback, as I mentioned in the "How Did You Get Your Screen Name" thread, here's what I do to entertain my Grandson...

    Last edited: Apr 6, 2015
  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  3. I use the amnps5x8 in my MES40 and it works great after you figure out the air flow like pulling the chip loader part way out. I had a problem when I bought pellets from a local chain grocery that would not stay burning. I now only buy from Todd!
  4. mfreel

    mfreel Smoking Fanatic

    Ditto.  I have 2.  They fit just fine in the MES 30 to the left of the heating element on the two bars.  Make sure you're vents are wide open and get rid of the water, just not the pan.

    IMHO, pellets work better.  Here's a video I posted on Todd's FB page:

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  5. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    It sounds like you have a Gen2 so there are no bars to the side of the element. I believe @TJohnson  recommends placing the 5x8 unit on the drip tray over the water pan and setting the water pan on the floor of the unit to allow the air to flow up an through the AMNPS.

    If you are hot smoking you want pellets as dust will burn too fast.

    I personally have a Gen2 and use a mailbox mod for my AMNPS and it works great.
  6. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    AMNPS 5x8 was actually designed out of frustration with my own MES 40

    Placement depends on which model MES you own

    Old Model MES

    Place the AMNPS 5x8 on the rails to the left of the chip pan housing

    Exhaust WIDE open

    No water in the water pan

    Pull the chip pan out 1.5"

    Pull the chip loader out 2"

    New Gen 2

    Remove the water pan and place it on the floor

    Place the AMNPS on top the hole where the water pan used to sit

    Exhaust WIDE open

    Pull the chip loader out 2" and rotate to the "Dump" position
  7. lizardman

    lizardman Fire Starter

    Thanks Todd great info!

    Before I place my order I have one more question, I smoke a large slab-o-meat (Butt, loin, etc) about once a month, yard bird or fish about one a month, how much would a 2# bag of pellets last me, assuming I'm smoking for 8 hours at least twice a month. Approximately how many 5x8 'fills' can I expect to get out of a 2# bag of pellets?  I know that is a subjective question, I just want to go ahead and a backup bag of pellets while I'm ordering the AMNPS...
  8. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Lizardman, morning.... I see Todd has left so I will help....

    The 5 x 8 holds about 1# of pellets.... they will last 10+ hours per burn.... adjust your needs accordingly...

    I burn about 1/3# on most smokes(3-4 hours).... more on bacon.... He has a great assortment of flavor woods....

    I use Pitmaster's Choice for most stuff.... Hickory for bacon.... I bought 25#'s or so a few years back... next order I will be adding Peach, Mesquite (for beef, maybe 5#'s... It's potent)... and other flavors to try, especially on cheeses.... get stuff while the free shipping and 20% off is happening....

    Check out the Q-MATZ.... they are great to keep stuff from sticking to the racks... I use them in my dehydrator also...
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2015
  9. lizardman

    lizardman Fire Starter

    Thanks Dave, I'll pick up an extra 5# to cover me for the Summer months. I'm guessing if there's any pellets left after a smoke I can save what hasn't burned...Also, for my 30" MES, how much/what size Q-MATZ material should I order to cover all 4 racks?
  10. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ordering Info
    Q-MATZ are available in 18" & 24" widths, and sold in 1' increments
    Click on "add to cart" and choose either the 18" Wide Mat or 24" Wide Mat
    Enter the Quantity = # of Feet You Want to Order

    ex: If you want 4' enter 4 in the Qty: Box

    My shelves are 12" deep and 14" wide....

    The mats cut easily with a scissors... they don't seem to fray either..... soooooooo

    If you ordered 24" wide MATZ by 24" long.... you would end up with 4 each mats 12" x 12".... If you ordered 24" x 36", you would have extra to try in the oven or dehydrator....

    They are pricey but not as pricey as the competition and they are worth every $$$$$.... for smoking cheese, shrimp, even bacon... they wash up so easy... hot water and a brush.... the Teflon will change color from the smoke but nothing sticks to them...
  11. wdk4351

    wdk4351 Newbie

    I'm building a smoke house and would like to use something like the Amazen pellet smoker. My smoker is 4 x 5 x 6-1/2 tall. I will be smoking sausage , turkey and bacon. Will this make enough smoke.
  12. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Depending of the air flow through the smoker, I would go with the AMNTS and maybe 2 of them....


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