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Bradley smoker temperature question

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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
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Originally Posted by tunaduck View Post

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

Anybody?
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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.
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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.  

 

Mike

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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.
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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.

Where did you buy your PID 1200? Thanks for reply
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http://www.auberins.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=14_28

This is a link to the site I got mine at. I hope it helps.
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