Advice for the Tray
From Todd Johnson in a SMF post reply
Pellets put out more smoke than sawdust, but put out a little more heat. Not a big deal with salmon, but you want to keep temps down when smoking cheese. You should only need to light one side of the AMNPS with sawdust or pellets
Pellets – Use a propane torch to light the pellets thru the starter hole for about 45 seconds. A butane torch can be used, but you’ll need to hold it on the pellets longer. Follow the instructions and make sure you keep the flame burning for at least 5 minutes. before you blow it out. You need a good bed of coals to keep it going.
Sawdust – Fill the rows 3/4 to full. Light with a Butane Torch or Propane Torch for about 45 seconds, until the sawdust is burning like the end of a cigar. Allow the AMNPS to burn outside your smoker for a few minutes, to make sure the sawdust is smoldering.
In your MES
- Pull out the chip pan approx. 1 1/2″
- Pull out the chip loader about 1/4 way. Use this as your intake draft control.
- Exhaust vent wide open.
- Place AMNPS on the rails to the left of the chip pan housing on the lowest rack.
- Water pan installed with no water