Bradley smoker question 1st time post

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Original poster
Jan 29, 2017
Hi from Columbia city Oregon,

Just bought a 4 shelf smoker and when I followed the instructions to season it, it would not get over 100 degrees and only charcoal one side of the biscuit before dropping it in the water bowl?

Does anyone have any suggestions I have a lot of salmon curing tonight.  I have no experience with this kind of smoker.

It is about 35 degrees outside but I don't think that should be an issue.
Welcome to SMF!

Glad to have you aboard!

I'm not familiar with Bradley smokers, so I can't help with your problem.

I think if you post your question in the electric smoker section you will get more responses.

You may also want to call Bradley customer service.

Good luck!

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I have used Bradley smokers for years. Its normal at times for the pucks to only burn on one side. Moisture can affect the wood pucks.

Bradley only uses a 500w element so heat up can take some time. Keep your top vent 3/4 to full open. Very cold outside temps have an affect on most smokers. Make sure all your plug in connections are seated tight, burner slide should be hot and the rear element should be a slight glow. Also dont rely on the door temp dial (not very reliable) If your still having problems call Bradley. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

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