Lesson learned with AMZNPS...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mtodriscoll, Nov 17, 2015.

  1. Learned a new lesson with my AMZNPS last night that I thought I'd pass on to those here...

    Last night I was on Day 3 of a 3-day cold smoke for TN Smoked Country Sausage (recipe here: http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/...ked-breakfast-sausage-1st-thread-with-q-views) in my Great Smoky Mtn. Propane Smoker. This was a cold smoke, so no heat was used - other than that generated by the AMZNPS. No chance of oxygen deprivation from the propane...

    I've been smoking for 10-12 hours overnight when the temps are in the upper 30's / low 40's and then putting them in the fridge to rest during the day when temps warm up. Repeating 3 nights in a row. I had a about 2" of unburnt pellets and a bunch of ash in the Maze from Day 2's smoke, so I just threw in some new pellets without emptying out the ashes. I think that was my mistake (not emptying out the ashes). I came out this morning to find the AMZNPS had snuffed out at the first 90-degree turn in the maze.

    I suspect it was due to the old ashes in the grates choking out the smolder. The reason I say this is because I've done many cold smokes in this smoker with not 1 problem with the AMZNPS, until now. The only change in what I've done was that I cut a corner and did not empty out the ashes from the last burn...

    So - empty out the ash before starting the next smoke!

    As for the sausage...I'm calling it 'done' and will sample some in a couple days after it's had a chance to rest in the fridge.

    Happy Smoking!

    - Matt
  2. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The ash is most likely the culprit. If air can't get to the pellets, it's all over.

    Looking forward to your thoughts on the sausage though!

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