A-MAZE-N Expanding Tube Pellet Smoker preview

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by crankybuzzard, Nov 21, 2015.

  1. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The A-MAZE-N Expanding Tube Pellet Smoker isn't on the website yet, but I was lucky enough to catch Rhonda in a weak moment and was able pre-purchase one to try out.

    The tube came in the mail today and I got busy checking it out.

    2 things immediately caught my eye; first is the tube is now an oval shape and the perforations on the tube are slotted and not holes. These are 2 excellent improvements in my opinion.

    With the oval shape, 2 issues I've had in the past are no longer going to be a problem. The tube now will not roll around. At times when I've taken the torch to the round tube, it would roll a bit, and I also had a couple of issues with rolling when I would bump the smoker. When the rolls happened, I would sometimes lose the cherry that was feeding the pellets.

    It's also MUCH easier to fill with the oval opening! I have carpel tunnel syndrome in both hands, and holding the tube and filling was tough sometimes with the round tube. Trust me on the easier filling, I filled and emptied this new one 4 times during this review.

    The slots on the sides of the tube will allow for much more air to hit the pellets during the burn process and they will also not clog as easily with soot, ash, and creosote. It also seemed to light and start the smoking process faster.

    The above listed "improvements" are on the expanding tube that I received today, I have no clue if these will be seen on any other tube types in the future.

    The tube's overall length, when collapsed is just a hair over 11", and when open, right at 18". Since I prefer to use my tubes more than my trays, this will give me some better options than I've had before. At times, the 6" was too small for the smoke I wanted to do, and the 18" was too long. It's hard to light 12" of pellets in an 18" tube, with the expandable version, this will no longer be a problem.

    When collapsed to 11", the tube held 11 ounces of Pit Master's Choice pellets. When fully extended to 18", the tube held 19 ounces of the same pellets. I didn't try other flavors or brands for the fill amount testing.

    I filled the tube, collapsed to 11", with pellets at 2:10 PM central and lit it off. I'll see how long it runs and provide a burn time update later.

    Over all, I think Todd has hit this one out of the park. It's basically several sized tubes in one, you can use it anywhere between 11 and 18" .

    Watch the website, the expanding tube will be added soon I've been told! https://www.amazenproducts.com

    I'll be smoking 2 chickens with this tube tomorrow, and will post the final results in another thread.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2015
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  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Nice Review and ANOTHER great idea from Todd and A-MAZE-N Products...My Accountant [​IMG]  will not be happy about this...JJ[​IMG]  
  3. tjohnson

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

    Yup, you definitely caught Rhonda in a weak moment

    The New Expanding Tube Smoker will replace the 18" Tube Smoker

    Expands from 12"-18"
    Smokes from 4-6 hours

    Testers are claiming up to 7 hours of good smoke when the Tube is fully extended

    Gotta Love New Toys!

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  4. Great now I have to explain to my wife why this is on my Christmas list when I got a 6 and 18 last year. The excuse of needing 2 different burn times worked last year, but also sends the odds of getting this one way down
  5. Good one jeepdriver
  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL---Leave it to Todd----I knew he wouldn't be happy without another invention to add to the fleet !!!

    I like that "No Roll" feature!!!

    Simply Amazing!!!

  7. Nice Job CB    and Todd    pretty neat   what a great idea.    Points  

  8. Good Review..  Looks good..     I'm spoiled, I don't know what I'd do without my pellet tray but I'd like to try this new tube..

  9. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very nice improvement. Will they be available to help fill my Christmas list?   
  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If not you can always smoke that awesome Salmon you make with that lump of coal you get in your stocking!!! [​IMG]

  11. Man smoked Salmon sounds good.  I don't do much fish but sure like it

  12. mowin

    mowin Master of the Pit

    Damm, I just picked up a 12" tube a month ago. I so would have gone with this new one instead. Mines creating some TBS for my pastrami rite now...
  13. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Nice find!
  14. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Looks like I will be retiring my 6" and 18" tubes soon..... 
  15. xray

    xray Smoking Fanatic

    I too picked up a 12" tube last month. I'm wondering if there's any difference in the burn time/amount of oxygen reaching the pellets because of the slotted design? The tube has been great for cold smoking but I haven't been able to generate smoke at cooking temps (225-350)
  16. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just received mine yesterday. I'm giddy like a kid and just HAVE to use it today on a short run of wings! 

    At first look I can say that it is Constructed very well. A good solid feel in your hand. I like the way it expands for larger smokes with a positive "click".

    ! I think this baby will soon  become a best seller.  

    5 Star item Todd! 

  17. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking forward to getting one! With all this snow its prime time for cold smokin!
  18. smokin phil

    smokin phil Smoking Fanatic

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  19. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looking forward to seeing the wings! Hope the weather cooperates...

    No snow here, but the temps are good for cold smoking! Now, if only this cold rain would stop!
  20. I am new to all of there products. Wondering in a electric smoker how these products work smoking at over 200 degrees.

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