Pros: The improvements from the "older" Original model
Cons: Wood Pucks can get pricey
I originally purchased a Bradley Smoker back in 2010. I smoked a fair amount of meats at least 3 times a month. Well, a mishap (my fault) rendered the Bradley no longer operational, so I was in the market for another ELECTRICAL smoker. My brother and Father-in-law both recently purchased Traeger's and I was originally interested in that, until I did some more research and found that Bradley has actually made quite a few enhancements to the "NEW" original model. (BS-611) According to Bradley, these include:
- New Stainless Steel Interior.
- New Rack supports keep racks from tipping over when pulled out.
- Heat control moved to Smoke Generator which will eliminate moisture damage to switch.
- Improved Front Face Plate.
- Improved Electronic components.
- Extra large front feet for added support and stability.
- Generator has removable side panel for ease of cleaning and preventative maintenance.
In my opinion, having the heat control on the smoke generator was a nice enhancement, and the removable side panel for cleaning on the Generator is nice as well.
The results speak for themselves, my BS-611 Bradley is capable of maintaining a higher consistent heat vs. the 2010 model I had. The 2010 model didn't really go much over 200 degrees once it was full, while I've had the BS-611 up to 275, which is plenty high for me, as I prefer 225 as my target temp.
As long as you understand the limitations that go along with the Bradley, for the price that I paid at a local store, I'm pretty satisfied.