Problems with my homemade pellet burner.

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by teamteke, May 4, 2014.

  1. teamteke

    teamteke Newbie

    My son-in-law who is a welder made me a niffy pellet burning tray.  It is made of 1/8" thick aluminum.  I have tried to have it stay lit without success.  I microwaved my pellets and also used my torch to really get it going at first.  I live at high altitude and my attempts were made during the past winter months with cold temperatures of 10-30 degrees.  I even purchased and tried the mailbox trick without success.

    Here are my thoughts:  (which do you think is the problem)

    -The aluminum is too much of a heat sink and cools the embers burning putting out the fire.

    - My mountain altitude of 8600' does not supply enough oxygen for the pellets to burn.

    - My brand of pellets -Camp Chef- are no good.

    - I should have purchased the Amazing Pellet Burner AMNPS.  Its the real deal.

    thanks for your help-


    Silverthorne, Colorado

  2. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Altitude is your problem, possibly a fan promoting air flow will help.
  3. darwin101

    darwin101 Meat Mopper

    Increased airflow should fix the issue.
  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  5. phrett

    phrett Smoke Blower

    Crush a handful of pellets and mix that with the whole pellets. light one end and it should burn without issue!

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