ISO help w/A Maze N Pellet Tray
I'm new to the A-Maze-N -Pellet tray, but not new to smoking foods. I've been having an issue with the tray lately. The first 3 or 4 hours will go well. I'll light both ends with a propane torch and I'll let the pellets hold a flame for about 30 seconds to a minute. I blow the flame out and make sure that the pellets have a strong ember and place the tray in the bottom of the barbecue. I open the bottom and the top a little to let it breathe. The smoke that comes out the top is just a little less than if you put a stick on incense in the bbq.
One thing that I do make sure I do is check to make sure the pellets aren't above the dividing lines.
The tray will burn until just about the first bend in the maze. The first row on each side will burn out and will not make it to the middle pellets. I'm curious to know how other people are packing their pellets.
Do you pack them tightly and tamp them down?
Do you pack them loosely so they can breathe better?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.