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CHARCOAL PELLETS

Discussion in 'Blowing Smoke Around the Smoker.' started by smokeitifugotit, Nov 30, 2013.

  1. Anyone use charcoal pellets for the AMNPS yet?. I bought some in my last order, but have no idea why. Must be a suggestion or two out there. :help:
    Thanks,

    Fred
     
  2. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I haven't tried them but remember thread where someone smashed briquets in a bag and mixed them with pellets. They actually got a smoke ring in an electric smoker. Should work good.
     
  3. Thanx Woodcutter,
    I'll keep that in mind. I wonder if I would mix with hickory, and I smoked some burgers, I would get that grilled char taste with a hint of smoke.


    :grilling_smilie:

    I think I'll try that. Wonder what the ratio should be?
     
  4. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That is a good Idea woodcutter, as far as ratio you will probably just play with the amps I am now thinking about doing this and do a 60/40mix is what I am thinkin 60%pellets

    Good luck let us know if you do this and I will do the same
     
  5. tjohnson

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

    Charcoal pellets don't put out much smoke, but do produce more heat

    You'll get some of that "Charcoal Flavor" on your meat

    TJ
     
  6. Thanx Todd,
    I think we'll try the mixture this week and see how it turns out.

    Thanks again,
    Fred
     
  7. munkiestyle

    munkiestyle Fire Starter

    So.... has anyone tried it yet?
     
  8. kennyp1114

    kennyp1114 Smoke Blower

    I odered a 40 pd. bag of hickory pellets from William Sonoma and they sent charcoal pellets. They refunded my money and told me to keep the pellets. I wasn't sure if i should use them in my Mes with the AMZNPS in fear of too much charcoal taste. It seems to like you all are saying it's okay to use them. Thanks for the info, think i'll try half hickory and charcoal. Hated to waste that big bag.
     
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  9. tjohnson

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

    Charcoal pellets area actually a blend of oak and charcoal.  100% charcoal makes a lousy pellet

    Who's name is on the bag?

    If I know the mfg., I can tell you what the ration of wood to charcoal is in the pellets

    I sell them, and the do work in the AMNPS 5x8

    Charcoal pellets do put out a charcoal flavor, but it's not that heavy.

    More heat than smoke.....

    I don't see why you can't mix them with your hickory pellets

    Who's the mfg. of the hickory pellets.  More often than not, they're blended with oak, and not 100% hickory

    Todd
     
  10. kennyp1114

    kennyp1114 Smoke Blower

    The charcoal is Nature's Way and called Memphis Wood Fire Grill and the hickory i purchase from Gander Mountain website.
     
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  11. kennyp1114

    kennyp1114 Smoke Blower

    The charcoal is Natures Way Eood Fire Grill and the hickory i purchase from Gander Mountain.com
     
  12. tjohnson

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

    I believe Natures Way are 60% Oak and 40% Charcoal

    What's the mfg. on the bag from Gander?
     
  13. tjohnson

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

     
  14. kennyp1114

    kennyp1114 Smoke Blower

    Had to go website and it's made by Camp Chef. I really appreciate you help. I have a lot of hickory trees on my land so right now i'm splitting wood, which i really love to do anything with wood. My Mes smokes great now, but i've heard so much sbout the AMZNPS so i'm going to try it. What's your opinion?
     
  15. tjohnson

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

    Well, I'm a little prejudice[​IMG]

    If you can make decent smoke in your MES, and already own the hickory, I say keep doing what you're doing!

    The trick in the MES is to have fewer chips and not overload the small chip pan

    Pull out the chip loader for a little added air for combustion

    Don't use pellets in the MES chip tray, because they just burn up too fast
     
  16. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have been advised that you should not burn charcoal pellets in your cooker if you do not have a 1/4" steel firepot in your cooker. Not too sure on how many companies put something of less quality into their cookers though.
     
  17. kennyp1114

    kennyp1114 Smoke Blower

    I ordered an AMNPS that i'm going to use pellets in.
     
  18. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    In that application, I have no doubt it will work flawlessly. Im only referring to inside a firepot where there is actually a constant fire burning in there rather than smoldering pellets. I wish you the best of luck with it!
     
  19. kennyp1114

    kennyp1114 Smoke Blower

    Thanks BigTrain same to you. Appreciate your comments.
     
  20. bigtrain74

    bigtrain74 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Anytime my friend!