Since all Amazen smoke tubes work by the same principle and the only difference is the length of the tube we will review one of them and that is the most popular 12 inch. There are also available in 6 and 18 inches. You have to decide the size that is the best for your situation.
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The amazen tubes are available in:
- 6 inches
- 12 inches
- 18 inches
“Love it! Simple, small to store when not in use, and very effective. I find I’m smoking everything from cheese and fish to peppers from the garden. I bought it because a friend has one and recommended it. I’ve since recommended it to a number of my friends. Some in my family will probably be getting them for Christmas….”
“There are a lot of positive reviews on here and if you’re a cynic like me that raises a red flag and the BS-O’Meter starts going off. Take this review for what it’s worth but oh my heavens to betsy! This made my smoking experience from an electric unit leaps and bounds better! I’ll be using my MES much more now that I have this thing. I purchased the `12” tube’ in hopes to keep a good smoke going for about 4 hours and it gave me almost 9 hours w/o a refill @ between 205-235º fahrenheit. Never once did I have a flare-up nor did it become extinguished due to lack to airflow….(read more here: Amazen tube Review)”
Amazon Rating: 4.8
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, etc
The only con I could find was about the price, but like with anything else. You get what you pay for I guess.
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Tips from real users
Short Smoke Session
Sometimes, I want a short duration of smoke – say, 30 minutes (as the saying goes, you can always add a more smoky flavor, but you can’t take it out). However, you can’t just throw half the number of pellets in, because they have to be tightly-packed to work properly. What to do?? Roll up some aluminum foil, and pack it into the bottom half of the smoker, in effect reducing the volume by half. Then load the remaining space tightly with pellets, fire them up, and bingo.
How to light a maze n tube
There are several methods to start amazen tube, but the most mentioned is to use a torch and make sure it gets started pretty good before closing the lid of your smoker.
The A-Maze-N pellet smoker is one of the many products 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 box makes it very easy to use in about any size grill or smoker.
I still think it has to do with airflow over the pellets or maybe even the pellet being too 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 an 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 airflow and amount of oxygen.
The 4 and 5-star raters, who added up to about 83% of the total, were obviously 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 seems to be getting 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 setup 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.
My opinion of the Amazen pellet smoker box
Overall this pellet smoker tube 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 then 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 a nice amount of heat to be used for cold smoking in a smaller grill.
Eddie van Aken
Eddie van Aken has run his own full-service restaurant for many years. Before that, he worked as a grill and buffet cook in some of the mainstream restaurants. With his experience using professional kitchen equipment, he is able to write expert reviews. You can read more about Eddie van Aken here.