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General Discussions / Re: Burnt wires
« Last post by zueth on Today at 04:54:41 pm »
Sounds like a grease fire, the same thing happened to my buddy when doing a large brisket. Have to be careful with those to make sure they don’t touch the walls like Habs mentions.

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The Digital Smokers (BTDS76P & BTDS108P) / Re: Second Element, and PID
« Last post by zueth on Today at 04:51:35 pm »
I have installed the 900 with PID and have never looked back. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Me personally I would never just do the 900. If you going to modify it do it right and get the PID.

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The Digital Smokers (BTDS76P & BTDS108P) / Re: Second Element, and PID
« Last post by GusRobin on Today at 06:31:50 am »
One of the considerations is how you wire the second element. If you wire it directly to the plug like most of the directions show, you are bypassing the controller and therefore your 2nd element will bi on wide open. If you wire it with just a bridge wire from one elelment to the 2nd then your bradley controller will control it. Now can it handle it? Bradley will only say that it is rated for 500 watt as that is what they certify it to and must say for liability purposes. Can it withstand higher. Some have used it tht way with no issues bit it boils down to the level of risk youwant to assume. No one can give you a direct yes since it has not been tested in all circumstances.
General Discussions / Re: Burnt wires
« Last post by Habanero Smoker on Today at 02:20:14 am »
Hi Loopy,

Welcome to the forum. Sorry to welcome you under such circumstances. With this subject you should have started another thread.

There have been reports of fires inside the Bradleys. Usually it is caused by operator error, while cooking fatty meats; such as brisket and pork butts. Some of the most common causes are due to not changing and/or keeping the water bowl full. Covering the racks completely with foil, which can cause a excessive build up of heat. Covering the drip tray with foil, which also can cause of build up of excessive heat, and also grease. Another cause is not paying attention to the drip tray when changing the water bowl. During a long cook, buildup can occur on the drip tray. This will block the vents, and cause the same problem as covering it with foil. It is best to have a 2-inch metal scraper handy to clean the drip tray off during the cook; if buildup occurs. Any one or a combination of these can lead to fires.

In your case there could have been a fifth reason, your brisket may have been too large and touching the back wall. This will allow grease to flow onto the element, which will cause a fire.

I keep my smoker about 3 feet from any combustables, and always have an ABC fire extingusher nearby. There have been no reports of a fire escaping an unattended Bradley that had a fire, and had remained closed. So the smoker seems to contain the fire. However, there have been reports of the operator making the fire worse by panicing; such as opening the door and leaving it open. Or trying to improperly put out the fire.
General Discussions / Re: Burnt wires
« Last post by Loopy on July 19, 2018, 02:56:40 pm »
I have been using it for over 4 years on a regular basis, without any of the concerns people have had with element or other issues. However, I was smoking a brisket and went to check on it and found there was a large amount of smoke coming from my original 4 rack smoker. Opening the door I was shocked to see a massive flame.  I immediately shut the door and unplugged it.  The flame died out relatively quickly after unplugging.  I did save the brisket, but was having problem getting the heating element to heat up.  I did some reading and thought I would check the inline fuse before buying a new element.  Opening up the tower I was surprised to find my smoker had obviously had a major meltdown. I have pictures but don't know how to add them.  I am wondering if anyone else has had this happen.  I am a little worried about this as if I had not gone out to check this could have been quite bad. 
The Digital Smokers (BTDS76P & BTDS108P) / Re: Second Element, and PID
« Last post by mpneumann on July 19, 2018, 11:16:52 am »
Hi all,
Just to be clear... Am I correct in understanding that the BDS controller and wiring will tolerate one of the heating element upgrades without using a PID?  I don't make sausages, etc, so don't need precise control, but do want faster heating and recovery cycles. 

Would love to avoid the $200+ expense!

Feedback and Help / Re: Bradley iSmoke App Not Working on iPhone 7
« Last post by asfewfg on July 19, 2018, 01:41:59 am »
 :P :-* Interested to install iSmoke app.. cool to have the smoke insert on my photo.
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Meat / Re: pork ribs
« Last post by TMB on July 18, 2018, 07:32:19 am »
Not sure what you are doing with the ice tea mix. A rub? A spritz?
Me to?  Sounds interesting though
Hi bmwtourer;

Welcome to the forum.

This sounds like something major with the control board. Call Bradley during their customer service hours. They generally will respond and resolve this type of problem quickly.
Fish / Re: Bradley Smoked Wild Alaskan Salmon
« Last post by Habanero Smoker on July 18, 2018, 01:48:03 am »
Hi dwightman;

Welcome to the forum. Kummok generally follows this thread, so you may hear directly from him. This is what I do.

1. Do you recommend smoke the entire time?  If not how long for the smoke?
     I apply smoke for 2 hours during the second stage. That is when you increase the temperature to 140°F.

2. Is vent open or closed on top of the smoker?
     During this recipe I keep the vent wide open. Never use the Bradley with a completely closed vent. Moisture and debris will backup into the generator.

3. Water pan full or empty for catching expired wood briquettes?
         I fill the water pan. That is to help extinguish the bisquettes, and the small amount of drippings that may occur.
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