The A-Maze-N pellet smoker is one of the many product they have to add more smoke to your smoker. Very easy to use and can even be used for cold smoking since it produces smoke and not so much heat. If you have not enough room you can have a look at the Amazen smoke tube we reviewed also.
The size of this Amazen pellet smoker makes it very easy to use in about any size grill or smoker.
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Amazen pellet smoker size
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The size is 5 inch long and 8 inch wide.
This makes it easy to fit in most grills or smokers, even in the smaller ones.+
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Like always we look at the lower ratings to find out what those people have to say and how many low ratings there are.
About 5% gave it a 1 star and the reason was that the pellets stopped smoking after a while and not the whole amount was used.
I have no experience with electric smokers, but a lot were from electric smokers and we all know that electric smokers are most of the time very airtight. The pellets in the pellet smoker need oxygen to keep burning. There were however also a few people who used it in a regular smoker and had the same complaint.
I still think it has to do with airflow over the pellets or maybe even the pellet being to wet. In the Amazen tube smokers I have not read anything about this problem.
The 2 star raters, also about 5%, had similar problems but some of them had the opposite and complaint about the pellets burning up to fast. Again in my opinion and oxygen problem. Too much will let them burn faster, just like your charcoal.
The 3 stars were much more pleased with the product and still some had the problems mentioned in the 1 and 2 star raters, but they kept trying and experimenting with air flow and amount of oxygen.
The 4 and 5 star raters, who added up to about 83% of the total, were obvious more pleased with the pellet smoker.
One remark I found mentioned that smoking and especially beginning with smoking can be intimidating and that trial and error is one of the things you have to do.
One of the problems seem to be to get this pellet smoker to get started. Someone even mentioned that the opening to light it was on the wrong side.
A tip was to light it in the hole, but also on the side this seems to work better to keep it light.
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Most of the higher raters mentioned that at first they had some problems and had to figure out how to use it in their set up and situation.
One even mentioned 12 hours of smoke from it and someone else used only 2 rows and got over 5 hours out of it.
Pros & Cons
There are many pros for this product we found, but they all boil down to the same things.
Easy to use, small, hours of smoke, and it comes with a little learning curve to adjust it to your way of smoking
The cons are that it most of the time does not work straight out of the box. electric smokers seem to have more problems with this.
Getting it light is not to simple and requires a blow torch or something like that.
Our opinion of the Amazen pellet smoker
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Overall this pellet smoker gets more good than bad reviews.
The most mentioned problem is to get is started and to keep it going. It seems that the key it to get it light real good and than make sure the airflow is getting through the pellet smoker to keep it going.
Most experienced users say to keep the top vent open and the bottom vent using a regulator.
This pellet smoker is good for cold smoking in a little bigger smoker. It still gives of a nice amount of heat to be used for cold smoking in a smaller grill.
Tips from real users
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There were a few tips that I can share here and the most useful one is to pack the pellets real tight to make sure that the fire keeps staying transferred through out the whole smoker.
One of the other tips was that it is real important that the pellets are real dry and do not contain any moisture. The moisture will let the fire die out.
Keep them stored in a dry place.
When getting started it is real important to keep the fire going for about 10 minutes before closing the grill. This will insure that with a good oxygen flow the pellet smoker will keep going.
If you would like to start with smoking you can first try to use wood chips for smoking to get the hang of it and later find out if the Amazen pellet smoker is a better and easier option for you.
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