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A-MAZE-N AMNPS Maze Pellet Smoker, Hot or Cold Smoking, 5 x 8 Inch
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- FULL SMOKE - Get a full-bodied smoke for up to 12 hours using a-maze-n pellets. Smoke time will vary depending on what chips or pellets you are using
- PERFECT FOR ANYTHING – Great for use on salt, cheese, poultry, fish, pork & steak. Add a mouthwatering smoky flavor to anything you can fit in your smoker
- RUST FREE – Stainless steel construction prevents corrosion to preserve the life of your pellet smoker
- ONLY 12.6 OZ - The lightweight design makes A-MAZE-N Pellet Smoker easily transportable from the grill to the campsite
- CONVENIENT SIZE - 5" l x 8" w size makes it easy to use with almost any grill
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Perfect for Camping
Designed to add smoke flavor in any grill or smoker, A-MAZE-N smokin products are designed for hot smoking or cold smoking. The compact size makes the A-MAZE-N pellet smokers easy to transport from your grill at home to the campsite, tailgate event, or any BBQ party.
Stainless steel construction is corrosion resistant!
A-MAZE-N products are durable and will not rust. Not to mention you don't need to drill any holes or plug in any cords.
Use for a hot or cold smoke!
Cold smoke meat, fish, cheese, nuts, and more. OR hot smoke your favorite foods.
Easy to use and clean!
Small, light and portable. Perfect for all occasions from backyard parties to camping.
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A-MAZE-N smokers(amns) are light weight, durable and portable smoke generators, that produce great quality smoke for cold and hot smoking. They are versatile enough to be used in just about any smoker or a grill. The original A-MAZE-N smokers were designed to burn sawdust for cold smoking, but customers quickly found them useful at higher temps. The "new" A-MAZE-N pellet-smoker(amnps) is also a light weight, durable and portable smoke generator, but it's designed to burn pellets or sawdust. The new pellet smoker will produce smoke during cold smoking and hot smoking, tested up to 275°! Designed to supplement smoke in an electric smoker, but can be used in just about any smoker or grill.
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I noticed several reviews before purchasing that stated it was difficult or impossible to keep the pellets lit, and several people were dissatisfied. There were a bigger majority that stated the pellets stayed lit just fine. I can tell you that on the first try I had no trouble keeping my pellets lit. In my opinion the people who are having their pellets die out are not following the directions correctly. You HAVE to use a torch to light the pellets, and hold the flame on them for a minute or so until they catch fire, then let it burn for a few minutes and get a cherry smolder before you blow out the flame. If you do this, as the directions clearly state, you will have no problem.
The A-Maze-n pellet smoker claims to provide 10-12 hours of smoke, but I did not get close to that. I got about five and a half hours out of mine. This could be because of the brand of pellets I am using, or it could be my pellets were too dry, or for whatever reason. All I can tell you is that I was surprised it burned through so quickly, especially since I only burned it from one end. Your experience may vary, and I see plenty of reviews saying others are getting more smoke time, but I am not sure how they are getting twice the smoke time I got the other day.
At the end of the day, this is still a pretty great thing to have for someone who wants to enjoy their life a little while still enjoying the art of smoking meats. The fun of smoking wears off pretty quickly when you have to keep looking at your watch and running outside every 30-45 minutes to see if you need to chuck some more chips into the smoker to keep it smoking good. Using this pretty much allowed me to get through my entire rib smoke with no additional worries about the smoke. I went out about every hour and it was still smoking just fine. In fact it seemed to get thicker as it went through the cycle. It started to choke out about thirty minutes before my ribs were ready, so I opened it up and tossed a handful of pellets back on top of the coals that were left in the tray, and that is all that was needed to stoke the smoke back up quickly.
Despite the shorter smoking time than I expected, and wanted, I am still relatively happy with this item. I can still throw a big pork but in the smoker at 0300 hrs and then go back to bed instead of having to sit up and keep throwing wood chips in and losing every bit of decent sleep just because I want some pulled pork. And maybe the best benefit is since you aren't out there every 30-45 minutes, you won't smell nearly as smokey when you get done. Sometimes the smoke is just too much after a long day around the smoker, at least for me. So I give this four stars, and would give it five if it really lasted 10-12 hours, or anything close to that. I may try a different type of pellet eventually to see if it makes a difference, but for now I have a giant bag of these others and the taste from them was just fine. I think if you are waffling back and forth between a tube pellet smoker and the maze tray, the maze tray is the way to go if you can fit it in your smoker, because if I can only get 5-6 hours from my maze tray, you may only get 2-3 from a tube smoker. I wouldn't take the chance. Again, it may depend on your pellets or smoker setup.
Good luck to you in your smoking, and don't hesitate to buy this product. I will use it on all my smokes from here on out.
With using pellets, I do not push them in tight, they are decently snug but semi loose. I do use a blow torch to start them off, give them a good minute burn then blow on the end like stoking a camp fire. After a few moments it works out well and burns quite good. Now I have not yet hit the 10-12 hour mark as claimed, but I do get on average about 6 hours from it. Now of course the pellets used will vary in times and temperature, find the right pellets for you and away you go.
I have not tried sawdust in them because in my area, it is easier to get pellets, and as stated above, they work just fine.
For anyone that is buying one, they work like a champ once you learn them, they are not all that hard and do a good job, just need a little encouragement to get them going, but once going, they work well.
My only complaint is that the company does not offer a larger version for when you want to do a cold smoke on a large fillet of salmon or the meat of your choice. If the company does look at these from time to time, I have this to say. I do love your product, but please make a larger version for those of us with a bigger smoker.
But final words, it is indeed worth the purchase and I am very pleased with the product.
I tried using this smoker tray 3 times and it's failed every time. I even bought the best pellets (Traeger) believing it makes a difference. On the last attempt I microwaved the pellets to ensure they were dry before lighting them with my propane torch. I ignited the pellets and waited the mandatory 10 minutes before blowing them out. It produced some decent smoke for a few minutes, but nothing like I've read from others. After about 15 minutes the pellets quit producing smoke entirely. Even with my vents wide open on my kamado Akorn smoker the pellets weren't getting enough 02. I don't know what the secret it to using this tray successfully, but maybe someone will reply with an answer.
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I read another reviewer's comments and he's run into the same problems I've encountered with pellets staying lit. We both live at 7,200 feet ASL (I'm in Santa Fe, NM) and neither of us can keep our pellets smoking. It would appear high altitude is the inescapable core issue. There simply isn't enough oxygen up here in the high desert. It makes sense from a technical standpoint. I'm giving up trying to make this work. So, if you live at high altitude be forewarned and don't waste your money. Since only 9% of the reviews are negative it's a safe assumption the rest of the reviewers live at a much lower altitude where the atmosphere is more oxygen rich. Makes sense to me.
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This AMNPS puts out as much, if not more, smoke than the original Bradley pucks did. Only the smoke using those Perfect Mix pellets is much nicer. I'm not sure what filler base they use for those Bradley pucks are, but they're nothing like "real" wood pellets used in the AMNPS. The quality of smoke is like night and day, especially with cheese or cold smoked salmon where quality really matters the most. The AMNPS burns good and never went out on me even once when placed in the well-ventilated Bradley cold smoke adapter. Another great thing is that the AMNPS doesn't put out as much heat as the Bradley electric wood burner does, so it allows me to smoke even cooler now.
My biggest regret was not knowing how much trouble I'd have over the years with my Bradley digital, and not throwing out that puck burner from day one. Even when it worked well, those Bradley pucks cost $10 Canadian for just a few hours smoking. With my $40 pound bag of pellets and the AMNPS, one pound of pellets gives me at least 10 hours of trouble-free smoking, so a total of 400 hours for $40! Since the AMNPS doesn't use constant electricity, I save an unknown amount there as well. And did I say, MUCH better smoke too? By being stubborn, I literally wasted hundreds and hundreds of dollars over the years. I just wish I knew sooner.
Well fellow Bradley owners, now you know too.
In subsequent uses, I had gone out and upgraded my small butane torch to a full size propane torch, and I made a change to the airflow of my smoker in order to keep the pellets going. It is now extremely useful, and make smoking for long periods of time MUCH more convenient.
For those reviews that are having difficulty - it's either the amount that is lit (go HOT and HEAVY for a big red cherry), or the amount of air flow you're giving it that will cause it to work...or not.
I love the A-Maze-N pellet smoker for several reasons, first being the long smoke time created by the design (about 12 hours). The smoke is a nice blue smoke with lots of aroma (apple wood). The wood pellets are handy and burn completely. It is a little bit more work to get going initially but the results are worth it (light the pellets with a propane torch or similar and let burn 10 minutes, then blow out the flame and it will smoulder away). Typically, with the old iron box I would just throw it on the grill above a burner. I tried that with the A-Maze-N smoker and ALL the pellets smoked off at the same time making me think I had somehow burnt the food with all the smoke pouring out of the grill!
Always put tinfoil underneath it to reflect heat away from the bottom, or else the pellets will burn.
Keep greasy foods as far away from it as you can.
Common sense stuff, really, not a problem with the product itself. You will not regret buying this.
I intend to use this mostly to cold smoke meats, vegetables, and cheeses. Also works great for low temp. hot smoking.
I don't think I'll ever need to own a more expensive smoker unless I'm doing serious volumes and need the racking space. Brilliant and simple product!
5+ stars because it's saved me the money and space of a stand alone smoker unit.
So far as lighting it, I'm using a small butane culinary torch. It takes some time to get the pellets lit well enough to hold a flame. One thing I've done to help is take some plain paper (I use the amazon packing paper) and fold it up into a 1" wide strip, about 2" long. Put that under the pellets right at the "entrance" to the pellet maze (bury it completely). It seems to help get things moving. Do hold the torch on the hole until the pellets get a really nice cherry to them, and a flame, though. Also, make sure you're following the directions and letting that flame keep going for a good 15 min before you blow it out and let things smolder.