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Bradley Digital 6-Rack Smoker Reviews

BuffaloBoy

Badly Underpowered

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Pros: Easy to use. Pretty well made. Good for cold smoking (with adapter)

Cons: Badly underpowered heater; not good for hot smoking meat.

You can't get it to cooking temp. (i.e. 220-240) with anything more than 2-3 lb. of meat in it!  Buy something with a bigger heater if you're a serious meat smoker.  Yes ... the heat control rheostat works fine, it's just that it's controlling a heating element that's way too small.
David Webb

Awesome unit when everything is working -

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Pros: Easily modified :)

Cons: too expensive for something that requires a $170 PID and an extra burner

I started with a OBS which I used for 5 years smoking salmon trout and ribs...then while cleaning the brick feeder I shorted it out...Bradley was supporting me 100% on exactly how to fix it for a few bucks...but my wife put the smoker on the lawn with a free sign yes im serious....it was gone in 10 minute she said lol -     Soo thinking digital is better I purchased the 6 rack DBS - I smoked a few racks of ribs and started to notice that 1) The sensor was tripping off way early and 2) If this unit was plugged into a circuit that was feeding it anything less than 120v it would take forever to reach temp (empty) and when full I would have to add another hour of cooking time to...
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TimTimmay

Underpowered and unreliable

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Pros: Large capacty, easy TBS

Cons: Not enough power to cook, prone to failure

I have had the Bradly 6 rack digital smoker for two and a half years now.  I am thoroughly disappointed by the performance.     Like others I have had the digital controller problems.  Mine will lock up on me multiple times.  They only offer a 1 year warranty after which you are on your own.  I'm basically rolling the dice every time I smoke.  When the controller locks up without warning, I have to power cycle it for 20 minutes praying every time it will come to life.   The bisquettes do provide a nice smoke but man are they expensive.  It costs about the same per hour to run pellet, charcoal, or propane, and that's just the smoke...
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teesquare

RIP BRADLEY.....

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Pros: pretty...use of use

Cons: completely un-dependable. Great Idea - crappy follow thru

It is rare for me to write something like this. In fact - I have never given a product a really BAD review on any site before. My apologies in advance - and I hope that any reader does not feel I am being un- fair.   This is not my first smoker, but it was the first ( and last - I can assure you ) electronically controlled electric smoker.   Bradley Model # BTDS108P  -This is the top of the line for Bradley. It is the 6 rack with full electronic control of the smoke time, oven temperature, and cook time.   In fairness - when it worked, the results were excellent.I just wish it had worked more consistently.   In the almost 2 years I owned...
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