DIY A-Maze-N pellet smoker trey

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by smoker919, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. smoker919

    smoker919 Newbie

    I was doing research on the a-maze-n pellet smoker and thought to myself "I could make that", and I did, cost me a grand total of $4. The material is a metal gutter guard which cost about $2.35 and some metal picture hanging wire(to twist and secure), about $1.45. Took about 30 mintutes to construct, no welding required, my DIY version in only 1 inch larger then the a-maze-n. Used it today to smoke a chicken on my MES30(master built electric smoker) and it worked like a charm, litteraly thin blue smoke the whole time. Perfect outcome on the chicken also. The trick with the masterbuilt is that you have to remove the chip loader tube completely to allow maximum flow, the Tray needs to come out as well. Give it a shot.
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  2. bbqwillie

    bbqwillie Smoking Fanatic

    I believe most gutter guard is galvanized. I wouldn't use that in a smoker. Galvanized material releases some nasty gases when subjected to heat.
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2016
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Actually I think it may be aluminum. I have a couple in my gutters & I'm pretty sure they are aluminum.

  4. smoker919

    smoker919 Newbie

    Thanks for the info, I will look into it more
  5. bbqwillie

    bbqwillie Smoking Fanatic

    After doing a little research at the box store this morning. It comes in galvanized steel, aluminum, and PVC. Obviously the PVC isn't what you have. That leaves you with aluminum (OK) or galvanized (Not OK).
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2016
  6. smoker919

    smoker919 Newbie

    Really, which store did you go to?
  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    How easy did it bent. Aluminum is way softer than zinc coated steel...JJ
  8. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Nothing personal but since Todd has patents on his products I don't think I'd make a copy of one and if I did I sure wouldn't start a thread titled DIY A-Maze-N smoker
  9. smoker919

    smoker919 Newbie

    It bent as easy as any other thin metal. I did use a hammer to get it more "straight"
  10. smoker919

    smoker919 Newbie

    I would hope he does BC it was a genius idea. But I'm not selling, just created my own version of his great idea.
  11. bbqwillie

    bbqwillie Smoking Fanatic

    The orange one. They had all three types. I didn't go there for that but I happened to walk by that area and I stopped and looked.
  12. kitobi

    kitobi Newbie

    im also doing this today to prepare for cold smoking my bacons, the "genuine" product here is £86 for what it actually is that's a total rip off.

    I have some steel left over from making my charcoal box, all I have to do is make a template from paper to include wall height in the cut, and the separators
  13. lantzy75

    lantzy75 Smoke Blower

    Patents are only if you're selling. And with patents, as long as the design is like 25% different it's okay. But again, there's nothing stopping you from making a copy for use in your own home.

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  14. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You do know that there is a US Patent on that design......Just saying
  15. Is he trying to sell it? Is he trying to sell the design? No. So he's not infringing on the patent.
  16. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Nice job on your home made AMNPS--a great, well thought out build!! I don't see anything wrong with duplicating (copying) someone else's design for YOUR OWN USE ONLY as you have done.

    Unfortunately I'm one of those handicapped guys with the design and fabrication skills of a Bull Moose. So I usually stick with buying the original. I have one of Todd's pellet trays and can't say enough nice things about it.


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