Bradley smoker temperature question

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by tunaduck, Jan 8, 2016.

  1. tunaduck

    tunaduck Newbie

    I have a Bradley electric smoker been using it for about 6 to 8 months and love it! Only complaint I have is getting the smoker at the temperature and then putting the meat in there and having a drop over 75-80degs. I live in Palm Beach Gardens Florida so weather is not an issue it's under my tiki hut it is not affected by wind or downdraft
  2. tunaduck

    tunaduck Newbie

  3. The bradley has a lower powered element, there are mods to add an element for some extra power. I'd check the bradley forum for more unit specific info. Personally I just adjust my cooks to account for it. But most of my cooks on my bradley are for fish and jerky which require lower temperatures. I love it for smoked salmon. It's a great smoker but like the rest of them it has its specific limitations and quirks. On the cheap you could add foil covered bricks at the bottom, more thermal mass = more temperature stability. Or more expensive is a PID with an extra element. It's a pretty easy installation. The way I figure it is bbq/smoking is about low and slow and the meat is done when it's done so it's just never bugged me. Hope this helps.
  4. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Hi tunaduck,  I don't use an electric smoker, but my WSM will lose a lot of heat when loading the meat.  You are also adding a large mass of cold meat to the chamber temp.  I get my smoker up to temp, add my meat and wait for it to come back up to temp before I start calculating cooking times.  As phidelt1736 stated, the Bradley will take some time to get back up to temp.  You would have to do some mods to make it recover quicker.  

  5. pabstman80

    pabstman80 Newbie

    I have a Bradley bs611 and was considering installing another element. I have already installed a ws-1200gph pid and love it. Your always going to get the fall off when you open it up but with the pid your Temps stay very consistent. I picked mine up for 170.00 ready to plug in and program the way I wanted it.
  6. tunaduck

    tunaduck Newbie

    Where did you buy your PID 1200? Thanks for reply
  7. pabstman80

    pabstman80 Newbie

  8. wellsjj

    wellsjj Newbie


    I installed the second heating element last summer some time. I use the  ws-1200 also. I can say it one of the best mods I have done. It heats up very quick, And it recovers in less then half the time when meat is inserted. Also with the controller it is nice for setting up finish times and temps. because if you go by what most people recommend for the time it takes to get the internal temp to what you want. you have over cooked it by hours most of the time. I just smoked two racks of chicken legs. 220 deg. Only took a little over two hours to reach 165 internal temp. I thought my temp gauge on the Aubrey was wrong so I checked it with two different thermometers. Yep it was done that fast. So I had to foil and wrap the meat tell the rest of dinner was done.

    I got every thing I needed from.

    Keep in mind this was in the middle of winter in Iowa about 10deg outside. 

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    I also got my controller from Auberins. and they have great customer service.
  9. maineac

    maineac Fire Starter

    I will second this.  I have had a second element and the auber PID for 5 years and it is the only way to go if you plan on keeping the Bradley.  I have an OBS and have replaced damn near every part on it at least once and some more than that but it really fills that low temp. niche nicely.  It's biggest drawback is that terrible temp. recovery but that second element is the cure.  Just bite the bullet and do it; you won't be sorry.
  10. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I used Bradley smoker for 10 years. Started with the original BS 4 rack,then got the BDS 4 rack and the BDS 6 rack. All worked great. I did product testing for them on higher watt elements had a 750w in the bds4 and a 1000w in the bds6. I also installed a fan assembly in the rear and an Auber WS-1200CPH. I eventually tired of the fan and PID and got rid of all my Bradleys and went back to MES....Mistake again MES POJ. I have since bought a TSM 30lb digital that blows the doors off the electric smokers i have used.

    Oh yeah i still have a like new PID and fan if anyone is interested in them.
  11. nepas I might be interested in fan and PID if you still have them
  12. I'm new to smoking and going to attemp to use the Bradley 2 rack electric smoker for the first time this weekend. I plan on smoking some pork loins at 225°. If it will take a long time to re heat after the meat goes in is it a good idea to have it a lot hotter than intended before the meat goes In so once the temp drops it will be closer to my desired cook temp and it won't take as long to reach get a steady cooking heat?
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2017
  13. old sarge

    old sarge Master of the Pit ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I don't have a Bradley but on my smoker I put cold meat into a cold smoker and do not preheat.
  14. ab canuck

    ab canuck Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

     Good info and links, Thx. 

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