Discussion in 'AMNPS Tester forum' started by Caz592, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Elevating the AMNPS... Helped my pellet burn a LOT... Lets air get under the tray for another source of oxygen supply...

  2. soflogator

    soflogator Fire Starter

    Thanks Dave. Run a test bird Monday. Turned out nicely Juciey due to brine but once again I had a hard time keeping pellets burning. So I'm still not getting enough air flow. I did elevate the amps tray. Going to try and remove the chip tray and drip shield from around the heating element to see it that helps. Does that all come out by removing three screws from chip feeder on the outside of the smoker?
    Thank you.
  3. tallbm

    tallbm Master of the Pit

    Yes, it all comes off with those screws.

    Have you tried microwaving the pellets for 1 min, mix pellets around and wait 2 min, then microwave 1 more minute?
    This does wonders for me keeping pellets lit :)
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  4. soflogator

    soflogator Fire Starter

    Thanks for the reply Tallbm. Appreciate the disassembly confirmation. I have tried nuking the pellets before though not for the time/sequence you describe. Saw a YouTube video last night where a guy microwaved them for 2 1/2 min, stirred and go finished with another 2 1/2 mins.

    Going to try one more test run this afternoon after I remove the interior parts.

    SoFloGator (Don)
  5. tallbm

    tallbm Master of the Pit

    I would very much fear 2 1/2 minutes you might start a fire like another member did not to long ago lol. If you want 5 minutes worth I would do 1 minute 5 times with a 1-2 minute break in between :)
  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Like Tall said---Be careful.
    Any time you Nuke Pellets, stay there & pay attention. Don't want a bad fire.

  7. soflogator

    soflogator Fire Starter

    Thanks Tallbm...well I gutted the smoker and nuked the pellets for 2 1/2 stirred for a few minutes and finished with a other 2 1/2 minutes. I did use a clear glass casserole dish to heat the pellets in. Your point is well taken however.
    The good news is that between the gutting of the smoker, the elevation of the amps tray with four small machine bolts 3" long, heating the pellets for 2 minutes with blow touch, allowing pellets to burn for 10 minutes before blowing out flame and placing in mail box and finally blowing air with the fan on lowest setting...the test burn went perfectly!! Pellets burned completely through all three rows of tray and ashes left were nice, white and fluffy.
    I am one happy smoker tonight and Can't wait to load the birds tomorrow morning. Happy Thanksgiving to All!!!
  8. soflogator

    soflogator Fire Starter

    Thanks Bear...I watched the entire time ready to toss in sink if necessary.
  9. tallbm

    tallbm Master of the Pit

    Awesome to hear!
    I have a sneaky suspicion that the nuking of the pellets and elevating the tray were the factors that really put you over the top. You can always run some more tests taking one thing away at a time to figure out what is truly working and the most simplistic approach :)
  10. soflogator

    soflogator Fire Starter

    Thanks Tall...yeah, I'll keep playing with it to try and reduce it down to as basic a procedure as possible. Enjoy your day tomorrow.
  11. soflogator

    soflogator Fire Starter

    Just a follow-up to yesterday's smoke. Smoked the breasts for about 8 hours until they reached 165 internal. Wrapped in foil, placed in insulated cooler for another hour or so (not by plan but other dishes were not ready).

    Breasts had a nice golden brown color and were nice and juicy. Got rave reviews from guests for flavor and I'll admit probably one of best smokes I've done. Hope everyone had as good a day as mine!

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