Made my own amazin smoker

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  1. Hi everybody, I'm kinda new to this forum and have been reading lots of info smokers. I  made my own smoker years ago and have done fish and jerky. I have been working on it to make it a better smoker to do cheese, and and bigger cuts of beef. I have read a lot of threads on the amazin pellet smoker and wanted to see if I can make one out of stainless steel screen I have laying around. So I made one and tried the warming up the pellets and did a trail run and it goes out after a few inches. Any advice would be appreciated and I will try post a pic
  2. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Only advice I have is buy the amazn pellet snoker. I've had one for years and it works great. Worth the $, and then you can relax and not deal with the headaches, hassles, and horse#*&^ of trying to figure out why your homemade job doesn't work correctly.
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  3. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    My thought exactly. The $35 dollars is cheap when you think about the time and effort spent trying to fine tune your own contraption. Todd did all the hard work so we can all smoke easier and I have no problem sending my money his way.
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  4. bigd3077

    bigd3077 Meat Mopper

    For $35 why bother? Just get the real deal.
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  5. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yup Yup
  6. Well I'm with everyone else about just getting the real deal.

    With that said, there ain't nothing wrong with trying to make things yourself so I'll try to offer some advice. It's clear that you don't have an air flow issue with that material. Explain more how you "dried" the pellets before trying to get it lit. Also explain how you tried to light it (i.e. how many seconds with the torch). Lastly, where was it sitting when you tested it. Did you test it in the smoker or out in the open air?
  7. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I support the above comments but in addition some practical advice regarding your question.

    Firstly make sure that your pellets are dry. The easiest way to do this is to microwave them on high for 5 minutes.

    Secondly you need to put in more pellets. Fill each track up to the top of the mesh. You need a critical amount of pellets in order to keep the rows smoldering.

    Another consideration is altitude. I am at sea level and so don't have a problem keeping them lit. Others at altitude do.
  8. bigd3077

    bigd3077 Meat Mopper

    Well, I just ordered a amps, torch, and extra bag of pellets for $35 shipped to my door. Can't beat that price.
  9. I appreciate all the reply's from the forum members.  

    but do understand that when a individual with a limited budget and uses stuff in back yard to build something that can be successful.

    CAN BE DONE...................................................

    I am between jobs and have  a fridge smoker I kinda built about 20 years ago, And used only maybe a dozen times. As for the AMAZN pellet smoker -----------   --------. It will be $60+ and even more from the closest Canadian distributor. 

  10. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    There could be an array of issues that's causing your home built pellet smoker to not work. Since its a one off its hard for us to tell you what to do or not to do to get it going. I'd suggest keep experimenting and find a method that works for you to get things going. If that fails look into getting an AMNPS when you can afford one. Or try making a tube design. I think they are more forgiving.
  11. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I agree with Case, take the mesh you already have and bend it into a tube about 1.5"-2" in diameter. I've made several in varying lengths and never had one go out before the pellets were all gone.
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2015

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