No pellet smoke

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by jimbo1, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. I'm almost too embarrassed to post this.  I'm on my 6th day trying to get the pellets to smoke, working at it all day.  I have a GOSM 36" and am using ( in the beginning the oak pellets that came with the tray) and now a bag of bear Mountain pecan and a bag of cherry, both with an oak base (70/30 I believe).  I started the conventional way, i.e. light one end and let it burn for 10 minutes.  I always have to keep lighting (with a propane torch) to maintain a flame because they won't stay lit, even out in the open.  I have a mailbox mounted to the bottom of the GOSM and one 90 degree 4" duct going into the bottom of the smoker sealed with a fire rated compound and aluminum foil tape.  When I couldn't get the pellets to stay lit after putting the tray into the mailbox I cut a square opening in the bottom of the box directly below the pellet tray.  The pellets would go out shortly after putting them in the box.  Not enough venting?  Then I drilled five 1" diameter holes in the back of the box.  Then, thinking there might be too much air  I started taping over openings with aluminum foil tape starting with a few all the way back to no venting.  Same results.  Then I installed a stack over the top opening thinking it would improve draft through the smoker.  Same results.  Then I installed a small 12vdc fan on top of the stack.  Same results  I've microwaved the pellets for 90 seconds, baked them in the oven at 250 degrees for 2 hours and baked them in the smoker at 300 degrees for 3 hours.  No help. I increased and decreased the amount of pellets in the tray and tried mixing some small chips in with the pellets.  I tried all these things several times and in different combinations.  WHITE FLAG, UNCLE AND ANY OTHER FORM OF SURRENDER.  I need someone with a Phd in smoking pellets.
     
  2. Wow, you wouldn't think something that's flammable would be THAT hard to get lit with a propane torch!   "I've microwaved the pellets for 90 seconds, baked them in the oven at 250 degrees for 2 hours and baked them in the smoker at 300 degrees for 3 hours.  No help. I increased and decreased the amount of pellets in the tray and tried mixing some small chips in with the pellets.  I tried all these things several times and in different combinations."  ...and... "They won't stay lit, even out in the open." ?????

      [​IMG]

     This is crazy talk.  Give me charcoal. 
     
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2013
  3. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Jimbo, sorry your "pellets" aren't working. [​IMG]

    Have you contacted Tjohnson ( our own Smoke Generator dealer) and/or tried His pellets[​IMG]

    I've not heard of ant complaints on his pellets and he has a really good line of Smoking tubes and Mazes. The advertisements are on the side of the pages. Very nice Gentleman and a great person to deal with ...i.e.-a good businessman.[​IMG]

    He may have what you need and some of the other members will be here later to give hints and lead you to a good experience.

    Have fun and . . .
     
  4. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It could be that your pellets are too moist so try putting them in the microwave for 2-3 minutes to help remove some of the water. This is a trick that many of us use when pellets refuse to stay alight.
     
  5. He said,  "I've microwaved the pellets for 90 seconds, baked them in the oven at 250 degrees for 2 hours and baked them in the smoker at 300 degrees for 3 hours.  No help." 
     
  6. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sorry yes - early morning here. I read it several times but must have skimmed over that bit at the end each time. No further suggestions then. Maybe buy a batch from a different supplier to see whether it is the pellets or the tray that is the problem.
     
  7. This and a couple other threads I've been reading makes you wonder about these pellet poopers.
     
  8. fuzzyfishin

    fuzzyfishin Fire Starter

    I may be way out of line. After reading jimbo's post. He states that the "flame", goes out when he puts it in the box.

    If I am not mistaken that, that is what should happen (flame goes out) that will then produce the blue smoke.

      I am ordering a box from Todd today. Just not sure which.

     other smoke boxes I have used never had a flame just smoke.
     
  9. fuzzyfishin

    fuzzyfishin Fire Starter

    Tried to delete this
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2013

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