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How I light my AMNPS w/ video link

rabbithutch

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I wonder if SWMBO's hair dryer would work as well as the wagner heat gun? Don't tell her, but I'm gonna try it on the next burn.

Todd told me to spritz the first couple inches of pellets with alcohol (no odor no taste) before hitting them with the propane torch. I use this method and apply the torch until I have a good flame and a cherry spot.

The only time I've ever had the burn jump rows was when I overfilled a row and a burning ember fell across the divider. Be careful not to overfill the rows and you should be OK.
 

turick

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Watched this video but didn't read the replies until just now, but I had the same idea as some and substituted the hot air gun with a hair drier.  Never achieved the jet engine sound like in the video, but it produced a super hot bed of coals and I was able to stick my AMNPS in the smoker after about 1.5 minutes vs the 10 minute burn that came with the instructions.
 

bugz13

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I wonder if SWMBO's hair dryer would work as well as the wagner heat gun? Don't tell her, but I'm gonna try it on the next burn.

Todd told me to spritz the first couple inches of pellets with alcohol (no odor no taste) before hitting them with the propane torch. I use this method and apply the torch until I have a good flame and a cherry spot.

The only time I've ever had the burn jump rows was when I overfilled a row and a burning ember fell across the divider. Be careful not to overfill the rows and you should be OK.
The hair dryer works great... I absconded with the ex's a year ago and have been using it successfully with my AMNPS ever since. 
 

jted

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In  Nov of 2013 I posted that I used a propane torch to to light my pellets. Since Then I needed to solder some pipe so I bought a benzine torch. I tried it on the Amnps and It Did NOT work well. I  had very little success with it. I quickly went back to pre heating my pellets in the tray while pre heating and then going by Todd instructions. What a deference propane makes     JTED
 

jag reddog

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Hello everyone,I had no luck getting mine to start with a long candle lighter.But I figured it wouldn't work.I don't have a propane torch.Anyone recommend a good one that's worth the money so I don't have to explain to the other half about me spending more money just to light a smoker(LOL).

Thinking the torch plus her hair dryer should work.I couldn't get it lit this weekend for some baby back ribs so I reverted to the back my apple chips for my MES.Still came out good,but im dying to see the difference versus pellets - chips.

Thanks
 

jag reddog

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Just a quick follow up while I  was web searching.Heres a hand held torch but its butane instead of propane.Recommend -yes no ?I really like the handheld type like in the video.

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Just a quick follow up while I  was web searching.Heres a hand held torch but its butane instead of propane.Recommend -yes no ?I really like the handheld type like in the video.

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That's what I use when I light my AMNS when using Sawdust.

The Propane torch blows the sawdust out of the AMNS too easy.

The Butane torch doesn't have the balls to give a real good light to the pellets in my AMNPS.

So----Propane for lighting Pellets.

And----Butane for lighting Dust.

IMHO,

Bear
 

jted

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Once again Bear is right on the money. Propane for me and not the short fat bottles. I like the slender long bottles. There is no real difference in price but I like the thin ones better. Also I can tell the wife's propane from mine.
 
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Once again Bear is right on the money. Propane for me and not the short fat bottles. I like the slender long bottles. There is no real difference in price but I like the thin ones better. Also I can tell the wife's propane from mine.
LOL-----Looks like we're a little different.

I get the short fat bottle, called "Fat Boy", because I have to set it on my porch railing, and they don't fall over as easy as the tall thin ones.


Bear
 

wingzofsteel

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Thank you for the tip. Although I never had my amaznps go out, this to saves me about half of my butane. I smoked a rib eye roast on my Smokin-IT no. 1 on Friday using this method. Thanks again.
 

jag reddog

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Thanks everyone for your advice- propane it is.Ok if I can beg atleast one more time,can anyone link to a reasonably priced propane setup that you guys use?Ive  looked around,but Im a total newbie on whats best.I know im over thinking it.But I just want to buy a good one.

Thanks -ill get this right eventually.lol
 

docktoo

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Good video.  The heat gun blower really does a good job getting it going strong.

I've found opening the chip loader a bit makes sure it keeps going initially, but then close it down or it gets going too much.
 

Bearcarver

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Thanks everyone for your advice- propane it is.Ok if I can beg atleast one more time,can anyone link to a reasonably priced propane setup that you guys use?Ive  looked around,but Im a total newbie on whats best.I know im over thinking it.But I just want to buy a good one.

Thanks -ill get this right eventually.lol
Here's the kind I like. (Below)

It's not the cheapest, because it has a trigger start.

It's a PITA having to use a separate starter to light one.

You can get a bare bones manual start for probably about $19.

Link:

http://www.lowes.ca/torch-kits/bern...ing-quickfire-propane-torch-kit_g1342798.html

Bear
 

backyardboss

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Here's the kind I like. (Below)

It's not the cheapest, because it has a trigger start.

It's a PITA having to use a separate starter to light one.

You can get a bare bones manual start for probably about $19.

Link:

http://www.lowes.ca/torch-kits/bern...ing-quickfire-propane-torch-kit_g1342798.html

Bear
Bear beat me to it. This is the "next generation" from the old model I have but even at 20+yrs old the thing works pretty great.  Solid brass fittings all around, I too use the fat bottles for stability sitting them down on the table rail etc.

30 Bucks for the torch and it should last  nearly forever. Another 7-8 for a couple of tanks and you should be set for some time unless you;re firing up the amnps or the tube (that's what I use) all the time.
 

jag reddog

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Once again everyone helps out!Ive personally made a few mishaps in my smoking history of buying stuff as she calls it.This time I think im good.I also own a charbroil barrel grill.Best part about the amaz-n ps is that you can use it in either(duh).

Ill post my follow up hopefully this weekend.So glad I joined this community.peace

Thanks
 

rickyldd

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For the guys that use propane .....do you keep the tank screwed to the torch.....does it leak out ? I got too lazy to unscrew tank and mine leaked out.
 

jted

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For the guys that use propane .....do you keep the tank screwed to the torch.....does it leak out ? I got too lazy to unscrew tank and mine leaked out.
 Ricky, I too found that my propane tank leaked. At the time I was using the fat boy type (I stole it from my wife's stash). I don't think it was the tank as much as I think it was the torch head. I found my new Manuel light  torch head at a Ace store when I was buying the tall bottles of Propane. Now I remove the torch from the bottle and have been using the same bottle since September. Maybe 16-20 smokes. That's my mileage not every ones.      Jted 
 

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So far I've never found the need to remove my bottles from the head.

Bear
 

backyardboss

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I always remove the tank, simply because it will be probably at least a week until I use it again. No need to take the risk of draining the tank and lord knows we don't need anymore gas leaking out around this place.
 

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I just did a search on "Bernzamatic torches leaking".

It appears as though there are a lot more tanks leaking when unattached than when attached. That was my original suspicion.

I can't give you a Link, because of forum rules, however here is one of the many comments I found:

I just leave the torch on and close the valve good, 
because I have had leaking tanks. I've also noticed this on those green Coleman propane tanks. Everyone of those I have ever used and had to disconnect (to pack up the lantern or stove) has leaked completely empty.


Bear
 

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