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Bradley Smokers => The Digital Smokers (BTDS76P & BTDS108P) => Topic started by: Spunky756 on May 09, 2018, 12:15:18 pm

Title: Second Element, and PID
Post by: Spunky756 on May 09, 2018, 12:15:18 pm
I have bought a digital 6 rack Bradley. Yes I am a female that has no idea what I am doing, but I am trying so any help would be handy. I would like to add a second heating element or just install an larger heating element. From what I can see the larger heating element would be easier or me to figure out I think, would this be correct? If so I have seen 900w and a 750w install what would be best? If i do this, is this where I need to buy a PID to help control the larger heating element. This is where I'm getting lost, and not sure what I need to be doing. So anyone that could help me out I would appreciate the help. 
Title: Re: Second Element, and PID
Post by: watchdog56 on May 09, 2018, 12:28:32 pm
Usually you need a PID if you are doing temp sensitive food like sausages. If you just plan on doing ribs,butts,chicken etc. you should be good with what you have. If you need or want to add an extra heating element you may need a PID?  Hopefully someone with more knowledge will be by and let us know. I added one because I make my own sausages.
Title: Re: Second Element, and PID
Post by: Orion on May 09, 2018, 01:46:26 pm
Hi S756,

As Watchdog described you do not need a PID simply because you are adding a second element or replacing the original element with a larger one...500 watt converted to a 750 or 900 watt. As WD said, the PID is used to provide a finer control of temperature swings and to program temperature cycle times. This is useful for making sausage.

For all your basic smoking and cooking processes adding a second or a larger element will improve warm up times and shorten temp swings when you open the door for product rotation or basting or water bowl replacement.

Personally, I ordered another original element from Bradley ( good service ) and just wired it in parallel with the original giving me 1000 watts of heating (2 x 500). Here's a link to the thread I created detailing the installation. People have accomplished the same end result in different ways. Feel free to review and ask any question you have. If you give a rough idea of where you are you might find someone nearby would be willing to help you out.

http://forum.bradleysmoker.com/index.php?topic=36796.0
Title: Re: Second Element, and PID
Post by: Spunky756 on May 10, 2018, 08:01:13 am
Thank you all so much for the information. It was very helpful. Yes I'm mainly cooking chicken ribs and butts. But was looking for the quicker warm up where I spray liquids on them well mainly the butt during cooking. I really do appreciate all the help. As far as where I'm located I'm in South Central KY.
Title: Re: Second Element, and PID
Post by: gorillamotors on June 13, 2018, 05:29:29 am
Do you really need a PID for the digital smoker? I would assume it will keep the temps +- 5 degrees.

Jim
Title: Re: Second Element, and PID
Post by: Gafala on June 13, 2018, 09:34:07 am
I have the 900watt with a PID but I do sausages + - 1deg of temps control but I do ribs and chicken, bacon also, I also have the cold smoker for doing cheese and a curing cabinet. 
Title: Re: Second Element, and PID
Post by: tskeeter on June 13, 2018, 12:11:06 pm
Do you really need a PID for the digital smoker? I would assume it will keep the temps +- 5 degrees.

Jim


Jim, temp swings of +- 20 degrees are common with a Bradley when starting a smoke.  Temp swings tend to moderate as the meat temp increases.  For product such as sausage, where a 10 degree temp swing can cause the fat in the sausage to melt and result in dry, sandy sausage, a PID is a good investment.  My PID delivers +-2 degree temp control all during a smoke.