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An A-Maze-N Review

Discussion in 'Other' started by richoso1, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. richoso1

    richoso1 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    An Amaze-N- Review



    Very well packaged with the sawdust packages and butane lighter arranged over the smoker, offering added protection during shipping. SD packages were in sturdy, clear, re-sealable packages that are well labeled. Good printed instructions were included. Instructions are easy to understand, not like a high tech user’s manual.






    Very compact, making it easy to place within most smoker types/cabinets. On the bottom it has two rail-like legs, which will keep the smoker above it’s platform, allowing for better distribution of air circulation. Row are evenly spaced, for more uniform burns. Lighting holes are well placed, and easy to access.



    Very good construction, there are no sharp burrs or edges, the corners have clean edges. The smoker is of good weight, and is made of a good gauge of stainless steel. This is not a flimsy light unit that will easily be damaged in a short time, or rust out. Good life expectancy.


    Control: Smoker was placed at the bottom of my GOSM big block and no water pan was used. The top vent was wide open; both bottom vents were wide open. The smoker door remained closed. Burning was done with two side by side rows, using Mesquite sawdust in both rows. When I started the smoke, ambient temperature was 62°, humidity was 83% , and the wind was calm.


    I prepared the cold smoker by putting it in the oven at 350° for 1 hour, in order to burn off any oily film from any manufacturing processing. I then ran it through the dishwasher for a final cleansing prior to use.



    I placed a cookie sheet over the GOSM burner area, in the event that some burn residue might get on/near the burner. I then placed the A-Maze-N-Smoker on top of the cookie sheet.




    The food I smoked was some fire roasted and peeled green NM chile pods, thick onion slices, fresh peeled garlic cloves, and fresh tomatillo quarters. I covered the rack with parchment paper so that nothing could fall through, and the food wouldn’t pickup any possible flavors from a previous smoke. Why I choose these items?    I’m going to use them in a Chile Verde dish, but that’s another thread.




    I lit the smoker and let in perform. One hour into the smoke, the ambient temp was 64°, humidity 78%, wind was calm, and only ¼ of a row had burned. The burn seemed to be going slow, but the humidity may be having an effect on the burn. So I decided to light the other row, and it started to smoke at what seemed to me like a better rate. At the two hour mark, ambient temp was 70°, humidity 65%, wind was calm. The two row burn completed in four hours.


     Product Summary:

    A product that is affordable, durable, practical, and useful for adding a smoke flavor to most foods without reaching a hot point when used as a cold smoker. I liked the fact that I was a steady burn throughout, with just the right amount of steady uninterrupted smoke. The different varieties of wood sawdust available is a plus. Like most smokes, the ambient weather conditions can effect the burn, Based on a rating of 1-10, I give it a 10.



    Taste summary:

    The chile pods had a very nice smoke flavor, the same for the garlic, and the surprise was the great taste of the tomatillo.   I had never smoked fresh tomatillo, but now it’ll be the way to go. The only other way I’d use tomatillo would be to smoke them, and them roast them in the oven. The foods did not lose any bite/heat from the smoke, as the chile and garlic still had the regular punch. The two row smoke suggest by Todd was spot on.







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  2. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Hey Rich that was a great review. The smoke is so consistant on mine that I no longer use my chip box even for hot smokes and I love the tomatillo idea. I am gonna steal that one for sure

  3. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Legendary Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Great review Rich. I use the AMNS in my bigblock as well. I have burned it from both ends before to get a heaver smoke going. 
  4. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Great Review Rich...  Like Scarbelly said, I use mine even on hot smokes...
  5. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member


    You learned a whole lot about that thing in a short time.

    I've been using mine for months, and there isn't much I could add, other than info from the warm & hot smokes I used them on.

    I could be wrong, but I think a score of 10 would come from just about anyone who has the pleasure of using one.

    Very easy to understand & complete review too, Rich.


  6. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Rich, that was awesome! You got me on the Tomatillos, Chile Verde will never be the same to me from now on. I just learned a new way. [​IMG]
  7. old poi dog

    old poi dog Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great review Rich.[​IMG]     I would like to add  that Cleanup is a Snap. [​IMG]
  8. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    nice review.............
  9. tjohnson

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

    Thanks Rich!!

    Rich PM'd me that he just wasn't getting enough smoke.  I told him to light both sides, and he had plenty of smoke.  Did not realize he had a GOSM Big Block.

  10. native

    native Fire Starter

    OK, guys. All the great reviews on SMF have convinced me to retire my Smoke Pistol.  It did give me good smoke, but it takes too much attention to keep the output tube clear and adjust the pump speed. (I'm lazy. What can I say?).  I'll still use it on short smokes until I use up the bullets I have. I just ordered the A-MAZ-N package #2 plus some extra dust.  An American company with great customer service should be supported.
  11. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    You'll love it Native!
  12. native

    native Fire Starter

    I think I will, too.  All those great review can't be Todd using an alias [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2010
  13. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    There are a few of us who got to be Todds testers and from day one we just loved it. I have 2 of them. One in my motorhome and one in my smoker. Once you get the unit follow the cleaning instructions, load the unit with dust to the top of the rails then with a light tamp to compact it and light it and enjoy.

    I have 15# of chunks I don't know what to do with as I no longer use my smoke box
  14. yrrndsmoker

    yrrndsmoker Smoke Blower

    Great review!!! Just convinced me to order the #2 package and packages of reg. and specialty wood dust.  Love it when someone makes a quality product and works awesomely!!
  15. dale5351

    dale5351 Smoking Fanatic

    I've made chile verde several times -- but it never occured to me to make it with smoked ingredients.  Is it safe to assume that you use smoked pork in it as well?
  16. tjohnson

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

    Guess I wasn't smart enuf to think of an "Alias"...

    Too busy grinding sawdust!

  17. It is on my christmas list of things I have to have.....been a long time to have some items on there that I actually want instead of new socks and underwear....wife gets mad at me when I go outside to tend the smoker in my boxers and they have holes in em....
  18. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    What is wrong with boxers with holes in them? I always tell Mrs Scar they have additional vents[​IMG][​IMG]
  19. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    LOL---Sometimes women just don't have any sense of humor. Mine gave up. She just shakes her head when I go out there with just my drawers on, or when I stop mowing to drain the dragon. I don't want to track grass clippings through the house! What the heck---The only one within a quarter mile is my son! What's the big deal!

    Just no sense of humor,

  20. richoso1

    richoso1 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Your assumption is correct... but that's another post.