I will NOT give up on my AMZNPS !

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by beuler, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    OK---If you did all those things & put the AMNPS over the water pan hole, I sure hope that fan will fix you up. I really think it will fix it, because it seems you have a serious airflow problem.

    The only thing left is the "Mailbox" Mod.

    Good Luck!

    Bear
     
  2. beuler

    beuler Smoke Blower

    Thanks Bear..im feeling confident! 
     
  3. trikefreak

    trikefreak Smoke Blower

    Look forward to your tests! I was able to cold smoke yesterday for about 6 hrs. One row of pellets went out, probably remit it 3 times before done for the day. I was looking at the exhaust vent thinking it was restricting, but sounds like you tried that too.
     
  4. beuler

    beuler Smoke Blower

    We will figure this out yet Trike! We are in this together! [​IMG]
     
  5. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    "I wanta buy a drink for the House!"

    "and 27 straws"
     
  6. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Better be a real big drink for these thirsty people
     
  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    +++++++++++

    Reminds me of the "Watermelon Parties" way back when...
     
  8. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I had problems getting my pellet smoker to work so I switched to a tube and it works like a charm. Just my 2 cents...although I do not own an MES so I cannot speak to how it will work in that unit.
     
  9. beuler

    beuler Smoke Blower

    Here's an update!

    I need to get photos soon.

    I dried the pellets in the oven , then mixed a little sawdust with them just because.

    I added a little fan and mounted it to the MES 40 on the side vent , blowing out of course.

    I put the AMZNPS in the unit while it preheated...I think this is the real trick...it warms them up .

    I pulled the chip loader out a bit, removed the chip tray, and set the water pan on the floor.

    Lit it and ....it went out....[​IMG]lit it again and it actually stayed lit [​IMG].

    so...I think it was more of the dried, pre warmed pellets that helped more then the air flow..if that makes sense...

    I will try every weekend and get pics and more updates..

    Like I said " I WILL NOT GIVE UP"

    and ....the smoke flavor was so much better then adding chips to the chip tray as they just flared to nothing.

    Joe
     
  10. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good idea to repeat and repeat what you're doing before you start smoking some meat.
     
  11. I too have a second generation MES 40. I finally took the plunge and ordered my AMNPS this morning. After reading all of these issues with keeping it lit in the 2nd gen MES 40, I hope I made the right decision. I can't wait till it's delivered to give it a try.
     
  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    The only way you'll know that is to change one thing at a time. I would say air flow is more important than temp of the pellets, because I can light mine on my porch railing at Zero degrees, put it in my MES 40 Gen #1, and it never stops smoking until it runs out of pellets (10 to 12 hours).

    Bear
     
  13. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Didn't you have a choice---couldn't find a Gen #1 ?

    Bear
     
  14. I too have a second generation MES 40. I finally took the plunge and ordered my AMNPS this morning. After reading all of these issues with keeping it lit in the 2nd, I hope I made the right decision. I can't wait till it's delivered.



    Bear,

    The Gen 2 was a gift this past summer. I didn't know until recently that there are air flow issues with it. But I'm remaining optimistic. So far I've made some incredible food in it after dealing with some the other quirks that have plagued other gen 2 MES 40 owners. Hopefully I don't have any major issues with using the AMNPS in it.
     
  15. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm almost tempted to buy a MES 40 just for the challenge to make it work..............nah, I already have too many smokers as it is.
     
  16. beuler

    beuler Smoke Blower

    [​IMG]
     
  17. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    There are a small handful of Gen #2 owners who are happy with their Gen #2. Pay attention to who they are & try to learn from them. I tested one, and found it to be a bad design & a POS, so I can't help much. Maybe they can.

    As for the AMNPS in the Gen #2, it seems to work best if you remove the water pan from the hole in the drip shield, and place your AMNPS over the hole. This gets air to run up through the water pan hole past your AMNPS. Then put a throw-away foil pan on the floor under the hole to catch any drips. Also if you are going to have food dripping from above your AMNPS, put something above it to protect it from drippings.   

    Bear
     
  18. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If you want a challenge, get a Gen #2.

    A Gen #1 like mine isn't much of a challenge. [​IMG]

    Bear
     
  19. Overall, I am pretty happy with the smoker. It took a little bit of time getting used to the temperature variances but as soon as I became accustomed to them and knew how I needed to adjust, I've made some tasty stuff! 
     
  20. trikefreak

    trikefreak Smoke Blower

    Last weekend was the first time pellets burnt for 10 hrs. I did some bacon at 100*. Pulled chip tube out, removed water pan, put pellet box under hole, and foil on shelf above hole for water tray. Didn't work so well next day at 225*, but tossed the new pellet tube in and it burnt better. I'll try tube again this weekend.
     

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