A MAZE N smoker minor issue

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by shields, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. shields

    shields Newbie


    So this is my second smoke on my MES 30".  Formerly ECB and Char broil silver smoker.  The MES is a godsend.

    Anyway, my first smoke went well, but the fire jumped the maze.  So I thought I would on do 1 1/2 columns for #2 so it didnt jump again.  Then this happened, again.  Am I doing something wrong?  

    As you can see, it didnt start on the unlit...  until the column next to it was right there.  I have the MES chip cylinder pulled out about an inch and took out the  chip tray from inside.  Food came out great, but its not going to last for a whole smoke and I am wasting the pellets at this point.   


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  2. Scott

    try using less pellets. About a 1/4" below the top. I often lite both ends. So your not wasting your pellets that much.

    Happy smoken.

  3. shields

    shields Newbie

    Ill give that a shot!  Thanks very much.

  4. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    The only times I've seen an AMNPS jump rows is if it's too full, making the space between the rows very small, and I believe somebody had one too close to the element.

  6. njfoses

    njfoses Meat Mopper

    I had frequent issues with my amnps jumping rows in my mes 30.  I use a 10x10 tile wrapped in foil over the heating element cover to even out the temps in the right back hand corner.  I believe a side affect of this is heat was radiating to the amnps causing all rows to ignite.  I went with the mailbox mod a few months ago and have not had an issue since.
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I tried laying a piece of tile in that corner, and it got super hot under the tile, and very slow to heat the rest of the smoker. I would guess that would have made the AMNPS burn up.

    Then I put a sheet of aluminum down there, and raised the left side of the aluminum. That causes the heat to slide over and go up the middle, instead of trapping it underneath.


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