AMNPS, struggling with it

Discussion in 'Slicers, Grinders, Tools, Equipment' started by inkjunkie, Jan 9, 2015.

  1. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Got my AMNPS a few days ago. Tossed it on the gas grill to burn the oil off. Loaded it with pellets and hit it with the torch. Put it on the grate of the BGE. Cracked the vent open, opened the daisy wheel just a bit. Couple hours later it was out. Hmmmm...removed the ash and put the remaining pellets in the microwave. Nuked for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Back into the AMNPS, squirted a bit of Rutland gel. Let the gel burn itself out before shutting the lid. Couple hours later, even with the bottom vent of the BGE wide open it was out again. Next attempt, put a tray on the table, a bit more Rutland gel and leave it on the table. Should note that when it was in BGE it was sitting on top of a full load of wood. Can't help but wonder if it was just not getting enough air...
     
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you put it in a smoker that burns propane, wood, charcoal etc..... the other fuels will consume all the air... It was designed for an electric smoker......

    That being said, the mailbox mod will solve your problems.... burn the AMNPS outside the smoker and add the smoke to the smoker....

    That also being said, Todd developed the AMNTS, tube smoker... It works in low oxygen environments and high altitude.... Todd's a genius...
     
  3. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Egg is not lit. I am just playing with it, trying to figure it out. But your answer confirmed what my thoughts were, it wants air to burn. I have one of Todd's smoke tubes as well, it burned inside the Egg, with no wood in the Egg and the vents completely closed. Can't help but wonder if I will need more airflow into the mailbox than what I currently have, but that will be my next test.
    Dave, thanks for your answer. Was thinking it needed more air than what it was getting in the Egg. It was burning about half way up the first leg of it prior to going out, with and without nuking the pellets, which n my feeble brain meant it was not the pellets being damp. Thanks again Sir...
     
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  4. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If a smoker has a small air inlet opening.... as the AMNPS burns, it will consume the oxygen until it can't burn any longer.... smoke has little oxygen... air flow is important.... that's why smoke can cause botulism in foods.... botulism loves low oxygen environment...
     
  5. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Went out sitting on the table
     
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    What's youe elevation? There is a known issue at higher elevations. I have the 18", 12" & 6" tubes and have no issues keeping them going in any of my smokers (charcoal, gas, pellet). It'The inly issue I have is when temps are above 300, then the pellets ignite. So into the mailbox the tubes go.
     
  7. bear55

    bear55 Master of the Pit

    It is possible that your pellets contain too much moisture.  I always microwave my pellets for one minute then rest for 5 or so and then microwave for another minute.  Other then moisture, lack of air is about the only thing that causes AZMPS to go out.  Of course, drippings off the meat will also cause it to go out.

    Richard
     
  8. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    About 1300'...

    I did toss them in the nuker...prior to starting this experiment last night. They were sitting outside overnight....guessing they could have picked up enough moisture to be a problem. It did burn one full row and a third of the next.
     
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  9. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    On a different note dumping the unburned pellets in the BGE makes for an interesting light the next time you go to light it.
     
  10. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    what kind/flavor of pellets are you using ??
     
  11. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow! My AMNPS and AMNTS smile big time when they are lit and sitting on a table.  Gone to heaven........
     
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  12. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    The Pitmasters Choice that came with it...

    I am going to try it again if I am around the house tomorrow. Dump it, brush it clean and load it up with some freshly nuked Pitmasters Choice pellets.
     
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  13. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I find that it works better if I don't pack the pellets in ... stir them up and leave em lose...
     
  14. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Perhaps that is where I went wrong, I didn't necessarily pack them in but they were far from loose. Thanks for the advice....
     
  15. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Cleaned it out, nuked some fresh pellets, loosely refilled it and remit it. Burned for about 2 hours. Still sort of lit. There are some embers followed by a small gap between them and the un-used pellets. I moved the un-used pellets a bit to see if it would continue burning.
     
  16. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Load the AMNPS with pellets.... Dry in your oven, for 2 hours, at 275..... then they will burn for 8-10 hours....

    Dave
     
  17. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Are you settng it directly in a solid surface or do you have an air gap between the bottom of the AMNPS and the surface it's sitting in?
     
  18. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Was up on 2 bricks, but the bricks were not touching. Just pulled the bricks out and put it directly into a metal tray....

    The burn was stopping over the gap between the bricks....
     
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  19. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Burned about half way up the first row before going out....same as before.
     
  20. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    IJ I don't have any problem with mine, but that did not keep me from playing with it. I picked up a pack of spring binder clip, from Staples attach to the bottom of the AMNPS it picks the tray up about 1 1/2"s. I place it over the hole in the drain pan on my MES40 the drip tray is removed from mine. I made a box that mine sits on with a large disposable tray to catch any drippings.
     

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