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Bradley Smokers => Smoke Generator with Adaptor (BTSG1) => Topic started by: Gamefish on June 18, 2009, 12:29:44 am

Title: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: Gamefish on June 18, 2009, 12:29:44 am
Thought i would share what we get up to down here in New Zealand

How to turbo charge your home made Smokehouse Bradley Style
Grabbed a pile of non treated ply and got building, added a V8 series of Bradley Smoke adaptors and this is what evolved over a few days

(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/Gamfsh/SmokeHouse.jpg)

(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/Gamfsh/DSC04442.jpg)

Added a Bradley stainless steel rack system that could smoke more fish in one hit that you could ever imagine, also deigned so you can take out the racks and hang your fish

(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/Gamfsh/DSC03861.jpg)

(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/Gamfsh/DSC03864.jpg)

Designed a drip tray system so this smokehouse will stay perfectly clean, just wash the tray and empty the bucket

(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/Gamfsh/DSC03863.jpg)

Added a vent to the top that is fully adjustable

(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/Gamfsh/DSC03867.jpg)

Then decided to add a commercial heating element so this puppy will cook anything and made it fully controllable (Black Heating Bar) from 40C to 85C

(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/Gamfsh/DSC03863.jpg)

Now for the ultimate test 20 minutes later

(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/Gamfsh/DSC03871.jpg)

Yep it works a treat :)

(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/Gamfsh/DSC03875.jpg)

2 weeks later

OK the plan was set, Damo kindly threw all the kahwai from his fishing comp in the back of my truck, smoke this lot Gamefish!

Cured chilly bins of fish down last night using a sprinkling of Bradley Maple Cure and maple syrup and this morning load it up to the top

(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/Gamfsh/DSC04444.jpg)

Checked it after a few hours and was surprised how much smoke it was producing!
"No fire Brigade here"

(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/Gamfsh/DSC04446.jpg)

but opened the door and good lord now that holds the smoke and coming along nicely

(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/Gamfsh/DSC04448.jpg)

Thought yep the plan is coming together

unit was sitting at about 55C consistently all day while i was working

4pm came round time for the final check

(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/Gamfsh/DSC04450.jpg)

OMG perfection, not bad for a first effort

(http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww37/Gamfsh/DSC04451.jpg)

I can finally say from having an idea and turning it into reality i am pretty happy right now


So there you have it, good old kiwi ingenuity Bradley style!
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: manxman on June 18, 2009, 02:04:52 am
VERY IMPRESSIVE!!

Do all the stainless steel rack holders and drip tray lift out for cleaning? Is it easy to keep clean?

And three smoke generators.... wow!  :o
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: Gamefish on June 18, 2009, 02:18:59 am
Hi Manxman i designed the racks using the Bradley Extra Stainless Racks so i could take them out to clean easily

after smoking this lot of fish the unit stayed perfectly clean with the drip tray i designed

I thought 3 generators was a good idea as this makes the perfect smoker and if i don't want a lot of smoke i can just turn them on and off to please :)
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: Habanero Smoker on June 18, 2009, 02:21:50 am
I agree with Manxman; very impressive.
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: car54 on June 18, 2009, 02:45:40 am
If it was a Ferrari it would be a V12. Very nice.
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: NePaSmoKer on June 18, 2009, 03:51:08 am
OMG

I want one. Very very nice.  Man is my wife going to be mad  :D  if i built one i would have to live in it too  :D  ;D


Great job


nepas
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: 3rensho on June 18, 2009, 03:55:44 am
Holy cow.  That looks fantastic!!!  Job most impressively done.  Congratulations and don't be shy about posting more pictures.  I've got my drool buckets out.

Tom
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: deb415611 on June 18, 2009, 04:03:33 am
Wow, very impressive
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: Wildcat on June 18, 2009, 04:30:46 am
Impressive indeed! 

Next you will be building a rack holder so that you can pressure wash your racks outdoors.  That is what I would be thinking of so that there is as little work as possible.  ;D
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: FLBentRider on June 18, 2009, 05:02:59 am
Wowsers!

That smoker rocks!

I wonder how many pork butts you can get in there....
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: beefmann on June 18, 2009, 06:15:26 am
im green with envy... i need one of them
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: KyNola on June 18, 2009, 06:30:00 am
WOW!!!  Let's all head for New Zealand.  Really impressive work.

KyNola
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: OU812 on June 18, 2009, 07:26:18 am
Now thats a SMOKER
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: Tenpoint5 on June 18, 2009, 07:41:22 am
Now that Bad Boy TRUMP's any of the homebuilt smokers I have seen for awhile. I want one as well!!!
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: smokeitall on June 18, 2009, 09:22:46 am
Now that is a smoker, wow....You could cook for a huge group at one time in that.
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: KyNola on June 18, 2009, 10:25:20 am
Hey guys, just dawned on me.  Wait until the Iceman gets a load of this!!  He is definitely going to be impressed with 3 smoke generators fired up.

I am amazed at the ingenuity of some of the folks on here.  Wish I could say the same for me.

KyNola
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: GrillZilla on June 18, 2009, 11:06:22 am
Well, I have to say that this is very impressive!  Sadly, I was going to take photos of my home built smoker and post them this weekend if my racks arrive in time...but after seeing this...well, I feel like ACDC just opened up my concert for my local home town band.... :(  Maybe I will wait until the crowd stops applauding before I post mine.  hahaha....this is a joke...a very impressive setup you have and something to be very proud of.  CONGRATS!!
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: Ka Honu on June 18, 2009, 12:31:47 pm
Definite smoker envy here.
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: NePaSmoKer on June 18, 2009, 06:59:22 pm
Man i keep looking at this and looking at my wife and i get I DONT THINK SO

You have us all beat by a long shot. Very nice smokehouse.

nepas
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: Ka Honu on June 18, 2009, 07:33:24 pm
Man i keep looking at this and looking at my wife and i get I DONT THINK SO

nepas - You could always tell her you plan on going into business selling freshly smoked goodies to order.  I could never get away with that (since SWMBO knows I'm far too lazy to start a business) but you might be able to (and you could write off the cost of construction and supplies until the business "folded" and you had to convert the new rig to strictly personal use).
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: Smokin Soon on June 18, 2009, 08:29:53 pm
The wife just pops into my office at the wrong times. She took one look at that masterpiece and said "So now you just have to build that? I suppose Nepa has one as well?" I used my better judgement and told her I had no use for a smoker like that. That is one heck of a supercharged smoker!
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: Gamefish on June 18, 2009, 09:39:48 pm
Man i keep looking at this and looking at my wife and i get I DONT THINK SO

You have us all beat by a long shot. Very nice smokehouse.

nepas

Hi Nepas, there was some logic to building this beast, In New Zealand people are so traditional about Big Fire Smoke Houses

So i got to thinking and wanted to design something that was easy to clean and simple to operate, the idea behind 3 generators is if i needed alot of smoke i had it at my fingertips, otherwise i would only use 2

Stay tuned as i have a few friends at present hunting so i am planning to smoke a few beasts so i will post up the results, by then i would have installed an electronic timer :)
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: Gizmo on June 18, 2009, 09:44:11 pm
Holy cow.  That looks fantastic!!!  Job most impressively done.  Congratulations and don't be shy about posting more pictures.  I've got my drool buckets out.

Tom

Holy cow, you should have said "HANG A COW".  I think you could smoke a side of beef in there.  My next smoke in that mansion would be a whole hog.  ;D
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: NePaSmoKer on June 19, 2009, 07:26:16 am
The wife just pops into my office at the wrong times. She took one look at that masterpiece and said "So now you just have to build that? I suppose Nepa has one as well?" I used my better judgement and told her I had no use for a smoker like that. That is one heck of a supercharged smoker!

SS say to your wife. No i dont think he does

YET  :D  :D

nepas
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: iceman on June 19, 2009, 12:17:00 pm
Very nice set up. That one is going to give you years of fun. Great pictures and thanks for the post.
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: minnowfisher on June 21, 2009, 12:01:07 am
Awesome, just Awesome, can't say anymore, words just fail me
JFG
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: Roadking on June 30, 2009, 05:17:38 pm
Now that's one heck of a smoker. I love the smell of smoking fish brings back alot of memories. Great job!
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: Blue Legend on July 08, 2009, 12:14:08 pm
I have seen this monster in the flesh and I can tell you it really is a masterpiece, well thought out and works a treat. Now to get a marlin to fill the thing up
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: muzzletim on August 14, 2009, 10:12:37 am
Wow that is a cadillac of smokers! I wish my wife would consent to letting me have on!
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: Hopefull Romantic on August 14, 2009, 12:47:22 pm
wow very impressive indeed. This is not the Cadillac of all smokers but rather the hummer or the mother of all smokers. Great work and you should be proud. I don't suppose you would be willing to share the plans


HR
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: mrdennisg on November 07, 2009, 01:10:44 pm
Showed this to my friend and this is his response:

"It looks like it is in his back yard..... friend has the same one in his back yard but his wife was mad at him for using it. It turned out it was his Mother-in-Law house (she was inside when he did his first smoke)" ;D
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: jaredpost on November 07, 2009, 01:32:09 pm


"It looks like it is in his back yard..... friend has the same one in his back yard but his wife was mad at him for using it. It turned out it was his Mother-in-Law house (she was inside when he did his first smoke)" ;D

Might have to try that ::)
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: Gamefish on November 27, 2009, 01:14:37 am
Guys just an update, summers here down here, warm water is arriving and those elusive Marlin are about to show, then this puppy will really be put through it's paces ;)
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: Quarlow on November 27, 2009, 01:35:19 pm
Hey what kind of temp can you get from this. As a kid, dad built a 3'x3'x12' plywood smoker for doing salmon. It was smoked with a hot plate and frying pan so it got pretty hot inside as to hot smoke the fish. Is yours mainly for cold smoke or will the element you put in it get some good temps inside it.
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: Gamefish on November 27, 2009, 09:09:34 pm
Hi Quarlow, the heating element i have made controllable so i can get a true cold smoke or heat up to 150C (300F) so it makes it a great cooking tool if needed :)
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: Quarlow on November 27, 2009, 11:04:34 pm
Wow that's some good temp for a shack that size. Cool
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: Huntnfreak on December 05, 2009, 08:19:22 pm
What is the heating element you put in this beatiful beast of a smoker?!
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: Gamefish on December 05, 2009, 11:57:03 pm
What is the heating element you put in this beatiful beast of a smoker?!

Huntnfreak, it is actually a radiant heater as used in restaurants outdoors to keep people warm while seated

not sure if there are 110 volt as we are 230 volt here, but here is the web link and you could always ask

www.heatmax.co.nz
Title: Re: The V8 of Smoke Houses
Post by: Huntnfreak on December 06, 2009, 11:37:39 am
Thanks for the info.  I don't think I'm to the point of needing that big of a smoker, but I'm guessing it's like a garage.  Always build it bigger because sooner or later you will fill it up!!