Lighting AMNPS in windy conditions

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by dvuong, Jul 20, 2015.

  1. dvuong

    dvuong Smoke Blower

    I live up in the hills where it can get extremely windy during the summer months.  Do you have any suggestions on how to light the AMNPS without the flame blowing out too quickly?  I've been using a propane torch and keeping on it for about 45 seconds but the flame keeps blowing out and I keep having to relight.  There does seem to be a bed of white pellets though, kind of like charcoal that has been lit.  
  2. stodgers

    stodgers Newbie

    I'm in the same boat. I move mine into a sheltered space in the garage and light it there, far away from anything combustible (pull the car out if I have to). I don't even blow it out - as I walk it to the smoker, it goes out on its own.

    You may want to find or construct a 3-sided metal shelter box with air intake holes for yours if you can't find an indoor space to do it.
  3. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    Wind????? Come to Oklahoma and you will see wind and then some. I am new to this AMNPS thing and depending if the wind is blowing in on my patio or not depends where I kight it. If not blowing on the patio, that is where I light it ... If blowing on the patio, I light it in the garage and when smoking well, I carry it to the patio where My MES is.
  4. dvuong

    dvuong Smoke Blower

    Haha! I sometimes can't even walk out on the street without getting blown over.  Wind can get up to 30mph around where I'm at.  

    Unfortunately, I don't have a real great path from my garage to patio without going through the house.  I'll have to attempt to find some time of shield. 
  5. darwin101

    darwin101 Meat Mopper

    Get a metal bucket or an old #10 can, lay it on its side and use it as a wind break. 
  6. rd52

    rd52 Newbie

    That's a gentle breeze in Oklahoma. :)
  7. dvuong

    dvuong Smoke Blower

    I used my Weber Q grill as a shield. Hit it with a propane torch for a good long while and then put the lid on. Got a crest cherry ember. :)

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