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post #21 of 35
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Disco,   I think that his post was probably in response to this one:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personally, I thought his response was fairly measured and tame.   Someone tells me that they think I'm full of BS, I'd reply by saying "GFY"    :-)

X2

post #22 of 35

I have had my Bradley for over 10 years with no problems.  I think it is a good smoker.  

 

Mike

post #23 of 35
I believe the pucks are made out of small wood chips and cornstarch
post #24 of 35

Disco,

 

I appreciate your response to my comment. I was directing my comment to Nepas, the guy with a pig costume on his face. He basically called BS on my experience with Bradley without any knowledge of the situation. Thinking back about his post history I wonder if he is getting paid from Bradley or has an equity stake in the company. 5000 posts in three years is pretty excessive.

 

Bigwheel, I felt like telling the guy to GFY but I have better things to do then start a flame war on teh Internets.

post #25 of 35
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Originally Posted by Demosthenes9 View Post
 

 

 

 

Disco,   I think that his post was probably in response to this one:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personally, I thought his response was fairly measured and tame.   Someone tells me that they think I'm full of BS, I'd reply by saying "GFY"    :-)

Both should take a pill.

 

Disco

post #26 of 35
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Originally Posted by Unhappy Custome View Post
 

Disco,

 

I appreciate your response to my comment. I was directing my comment to Nepas, the guy with a pig costume on his face. He basically called BS on my experience with Bradley without any knowledge of the situation. Thinking back about his post history I wonder if he is getting paid from Bradley or has an equity stake in the company. 5000 posts in three years is pretty excessive.

 

Bigwheel, I felt like telling the guy to GFY but I have better things to do then start a flame war on teh Internets.

Whatever. I just think anyone should make it personal. If someone flames me, I try not to feed the fires.

 

Disco

post #27 of 35

i went with the MES simply because i dont want to be like a crack head and be OWNED BY THE PUCKS !!!!!

with the MES i can burn anything. i have also bought the MES cold smoke generator ($60) unit and i use it for all of my smoking. can use chips, sawdust, pellets.... i have also done a mail box mod with the AMPS for the extra long overnight smokes. i have since built myself a larger electric and still use the MES smoke gen and the mail box mod as my smoke sources. i have friends with Bradleys and the only complaint i get is the continual cost of the pucks..

they like the opportunity to choose smoke sources!!

 

GOOD LUCK

post #28 of 35
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Originally Posted by Disco View Post
 

Both should take a pill.

 

Disco

 

 

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Originally Posted by Disco View Post
 

Whatever. I just think anyone should make it personal. If someone flames me, I try not to feed the fires.

 

Disco

 

 

Meh, Canadian pacifist    :biggrin:

post #29 of 35

I USED TO MAKE HOUSE CALLS DISCO !!!!!!

send me his address ...  HA HA HA


and YUP ... that is me ...   LOL

GOLIATH  :0)

post #30 of 35
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Meh, Canadian pacifist    :biggrin:

Sadly true. Canadians don't like fights. We're good at them, we just don't like them.

 

Disco

post #31 of 35
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Originally Posted by GOLIATH View Post
 

I USED TO MAKE HOUSE CALLS DISCO !!!!!!

send me his address ...  HA HA HA


and YUP ... that is me ...   LOL

GOLIATH  :0)

Yes sir! The shoes are off.

post #32 of 35

Sure do hear the Unhappy Customer side of this. That kinda stuff would get anybody riled up. Seems like customer service is going from pee poor to non existence in every facet of life. Hey Disco..those Mounties took away my Uncle's favorite pocket pistol up there in Canada one time. They never did send it back. How do they expect a person to protect themselves from beserk Polar Bears and drunk Eskimoe ladies?

post #33 of 35
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Originally Posted by bigwheel View Post
 

Sure do hear the Unhappy Customer side of this. That kinda stuff would get anybody riled up. Seems like customer service is going from pee poor to non existence in every facet of life. Hey Disco..those Mounties took away my Uncle's favorite pocket pistol up there in Canada one time. They never did send it back. How do they expect a person to protect themselves from beserk Polar Bears and drunk Eskimoe ladies?

If you are facing a polar bear, you want a high caliber rifle not a pistol. A BB gun would do as much good as a pistol.

 

As for drunk Eskimo ladies (they are actually Inuit) you will find no greater welcome than visiting their villages and homes. You should be so lucky to be attacked by an Inuit lady.

 

Now, if you want to know what you might need protection from, it would be an Alberta cowgirl or a prairie farming lady. Most of us aren't man enough to handle them! Although, trying is well worth the risk. I went to a dance once and they showed me a dance called the butterfly. You spun one lady then the other. When I "spun" them, they were so strong the whipped me around and my feet left the ground. That was one of the best weekends of my life!

 

So, we aren't big on hand guns up here but we do hunt (I get deer and elk in my yard), party and hope for an attack from our women!

 

So come on up, I'll protect you.

 

Disco

post #34 of 35

I have had my Jim Beam addition 4 rack, digital Bradley smoker.

 

All in all, not a bad smoker.  The best thing out there, no.

 

Pros

1) Easy!  Set and forget.

2) Cold smoke ability - great if you are planning on smoking cheese or cold smoking bacon/fish.  You can do this a number of ways.  Buy the kit, build the adapter yourself, or just wait until it is cold enough.

3) Easy to modify (if that is your thing).  If you are fairly handy, I'd recommend saving some money and buying the analog and adding the PID controller (either the DIY or plug and play).

4) Good Customer Service

5) Constant, consistent smoke.  Shouldn't have to worry about running out of smoke during the long cooks.

6) Reasonably priced.  Not the cheapest, but not the most expensive.  A good middle of the road product.

 

The Cons

1) Temperature swings.  I was seeing about 20 degree swings on my smoker.  For big whole muscle meat products, not the end of the world, but more delicate, like sausage, I am not so sure.

2) Heating element might be a little undersized.  It does take awhile to warm up, about an hour.  I did buy a Auber plug and play controller though, and I have noticed a pretty significant temperature difference between the controller and the smoker (this did solve my first issue nicely).

3) The damn pucks!  Expensive and not the easiest to find everywhere.  Be sure to check around locally before you buy one.,m m,

 

4) Smoker box doesn't seem to be as well insulated as some of the others.

 

Overall, I'm happy with my smoker, and I'd buy one again. I love it for smoking salmon!  Great stuff coming out it.  I would still consider it a beginner smoker though, as I would most of the cabinet type, electric smokers.  I have been looking at getting a pellet grill/smoker next.  But, I will still hold on to the Bradley.

post #35 of 35

I have had Bradley's for more than 15 years. My original still is operative and in use and my 6 rack digital has needed a replacement control unit. I have found their customer service most accommodating, and I have talked with their engineer to discuss other issues I have perceived and found him willing to listen and explain the limitations they have due to govt. regs.

Having said that my main complaint about the Bradley is the heating element is too small and even here in SoCar in fall winter and spring I have difficulty obtaining and maintaining the desired temp if it is more than 150F. That led me to buy a Cookshack and that solved those problems. The Amerique is my NBF! and even it has some warts. I still use the Bradley's when I do a lot of cooking at one time and they still work fine within their limitations.

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