Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by loveno33, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    I thought about using chainsaw dust, but I stayed away from it because of the bar & chain oil that would get into my dust. Being an old chainsaw carver, may I make a suggestion to you & anyone else who uses chainsaw dust. Instead of using regular bar & chain oil when saving the dust for smoking, try using cooking oil in your chainsaw instead. Purge the bar & chain oil from your chainsaw & fill her up with cooking oil. It doesn't hurt the chainsaw, as most carvers and many loggers who cut in state parks use it, because it is environmentally friendly. In some states it is the law.

    I will probably stick with Todd's dust---It works so good, and the price is very reasonable.

    Just my two centavos,

  2. kernbigo

    kernbigo Fire Starter

    I made my own a-mazing smoker last weekend, worked great 10 hr. burn. Made it 10"x10". Smoked a pork roast for pulled pork 10hrs. came out great Kernbigo
  3. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    There's no two ways about it, the occasional chainsaw dust is one thing, but Todd's dust is a good regular source.
  4. bravery

    bravery Fire Starter

    What about one of those metal strainers that are used with woks for deep frying? Do you think that would work?[​IMG]
  5. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If you're talking about working like the A-MAZE-N-SMOKER, the answer would be no. The holes are too big for sawdust.

    It does look like a pretty good strainer though.

    The AMNS is designed and made with just the right size perforations in Stainless perforated steel. It works like a champ, is easy to clean, will probably last forever, or close, and is reasonably priced.

    Don't tell Todd, but when I pull mine out of my smoker, I just frisbee it from the porch out into the yard. By the time it lands, all of the burned dust has left it, and when it hits the ground the stuff that was stuck a little to the walls & floor gets knocked off too. Then all I have to do is hose it off, after it cools. I wouldn't do this to a piece of junk, but this little "Made in America" gizmo is made to last.

    Last edited: Nov 1, 2010
  6. tjohnson

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


    All you can do is try it and let us know if it works or not.

  7. bravery

    bravery Fire Starter

    Well, I have to say that this AMNS is on my To-Buy list! And personally, I have no intention on using anything in it other than the wood dust I buy from them (unless my wife lets me cut the pecan tree down that's in the back yard). 

    It's great to hear all the different ways the AMNS is being used. Anybody smoke a head of iceburg lettuce, yet? LOL.

  8. native

    native Fire Starter

    Hmmmm. Smoked salad.........I wonder?[​IMG]
  9. tjohnson

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

    No to the lettuce, but I had a customer give me a recipe for "Smoked Cabbage"....No $hit!!

    You take ahead of cabbage, cut in half and stuff it with brown sugar.  He said it's one of the best things he's ever smoked.  I just did a search on SMF for "Smoked Cabbage" and there's over 10 threads.

    Gonna have to try this one next.

  10. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member


    I see a reference to an 8x8 AMNS.  Is there one on the drawing board or ready for sale?  I light from both ends so a larger unit is what I was thinking and was ready to go for the 6x8, but for my offset and the 40 Masterbuilt I'll take an 8x8 for longer smokes.  BTW, love the AMNS for great thin blue smoke and ease of use.  It really makes the masterbuilt electric a true set it and forget it.  And it also turned it into a great cold smoker, too.  Thanks.
  11. tjohnson

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

    8x8 is out for testing and waiting for feedback.  It holds almost a pound of sawdust, and creates some heat.

    I'm concentrating on the 6x6 and 6x8 for now.


  12. dale5351

    dale5351 Smoking Fanatic

    I thought I saw that you were also testing a 5x8.  That would be good to fit on the bars next to the chip tray.
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That is a 5 X 11, and it still has a couple problems. Todd is on it though.
  14. bravery

    bravery Fire Starter

    I just bought an 6x8 the other day (I'm hoping it will be here tomorrow!). I wanted to get a larger one but Todd was telling me that larger isn't always better... I think we were talking about the smoker.

    Anyway, he pointed out the there were some inherent problems with the 8x8... but he was working on it and testing it out. It's nice to know that he's not sending out crap! 

  15. tjohnson

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

    I sent Bear a 5x11 to test, because it fit perfectly next to the chip pan, on top the bars.  I think Bear figured out that if you turned the bottom drip pan around, a 6x6 fit under the bars,  Rather than make a special version that only fits the MES 30" I tell people to turn the pan around and place it under the bars.

    Last edited: Nov 4, 2010
  16. bravery

    bravery Fire Starter

    Well, I got my 6x8 AMNS yesterday (actually I got it faster than I thought... I was hoping it would come in yesterday but I thought it was very optimistic of me... I really expected it to come in around today or the next mailing day (Monday)). I can't wait to smoke with it!!! I can't today because today I'm headed off to to the National BBQ Festival in Waycross, GA. I hope it's worth the trip.

    I guess my next step is to decide what to smoke! I'm thinking ribs!  Silly question for the day... Can one eat BBQ/Smoked meat too often?
  17. dale5351

    dale5351 Smoking Fanatic

    Think cheese, cold smoke.  For me -- that is where the AMNS really shines.  No other way to do cheese.  Plus -- this is the right time of year when it is cool out.
  18. The AMNS does work great for cold smoking!  But it also works great for just about anything else.  I have a propane Smoke Hollow smoker, and tried Bear's smoked salmon recipe yesterday.  Instead of the included smoker box, I flipped the water pan over and racked it where the smoker box usually goes, set the AMNS on top, and it worked like a champ!  I was even able to transition the chips automatically in the AMNS.  I filled the first row and a half on each end with Hickory, and filled the rest of the middle with Apple wood.  I only had to open the door once through the entire process to refill the AMNS!!  The salmon turned out fantastic!!  

    Thanks Todd and Bear!

    I'm officially obsessed with smoking!!
  19. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    That's great to hear!

  20. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The AMS does a great job for hot smokes too. I no longer use the chunk box in my SmokinTex. I use the AMS 100% for all my smokes and get a much more consistant smoke and a better end product.


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