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Recipes in development / Re: Double Stuff Smoked Chex Mix
« Last post by WoodlawnSmoker on Today at 03:12:43 pm »
Hi everyone!  It's been awhile since I last posted but I have been smoking regularly with the Bradley this whole time, still love everything that comes out of it.

With Christmas coming I pulled out an old favourite recipe and did a batch of party mix.  Not quite the same as the original recipe but this stuff is a great hit during the holiday season.  I no longer have photobucket so I don't know how to attach a photo at this site any more.
Don

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General Discussions / Re: Christmas gifts
« Last post by watchdog56 on Today at 01:14:17 pm »
Giving my in-laws some venison summer sausage and cheese.
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From your description, the problem could also be caused by a few mechanical functions.

1- Make sure your feeder tube is straight, and/or not inserted too far into the feeder tube.

2- If you still have the same problem, check the drive guide (the area the bisquettes travel on to the burner), and clear all loose wood chips so the push plate is free of any obstacles. By regularly cleaning the smoke generator, bisquette jamming and undue wear and tear can be avoided.

3- The problem could be a worn motor, and/or worn linkage. To test this, remove any bisquettes and the feeder tube. From the top of the generator, place a finger down the feeder tube opening; making sure your finger is in front of the push plate. Now push the wood advance button let the plate push up against your finger. If the motor is good, it should put enough pressure on your finger to give you the impression of its going to squish my finger, before it will retract. If the plate stops instantly or turns around with very little pressure against your finger then the motor is worn out and should be replaced. Before ordering a new motor, check to see if the linkage is worn. Inspect the brass colored arms and pin on the motor to make sure they do not have excessive play in them.

4- A less common cause could be the push plate rails may need to be realigned. Dethatch the generator from the cabinet. Check the sides of the pusher plate, and rails. If you see wear marks on the side of the push plate and rail something is out of alignment or bent. On the side you see the wear marks, loosen the two screws that mount the motor mounting bracket to the black plate do not remove them just loosen them. If the wear is on the left side loosen the two screws on the left side of the push plate. If the wear is on the right loosen the two screws on the right side. Make sure the railing is loose enough to move. This may require some cleaning and removing built up smoke residue. Then push the wood advance button a few times this will let the motor align the push plate find its own center line. Carefully tighten the screws, without moving the rail. Push the wood advance button to make sure the alignment is correct.

NOTE: Another sign that there is a misalignment problem, is that the generator will work fine for a while or for the whole smoke, then suddenly start having problems with the advance system. The motor runs both clockwise and counter clockwise. Whichever way it turns it puts more pressure on one rail than it does the other. So if it turns in the direction that puts more pressure on the misaligned rail, it will travel partway then retract. If the motor turns in the direction that puts more pressure on the properly aligned rail, it will fully cycle without problem.
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The Digital Smokers (BTDS76P & BTDS108P) / Re: Problems with temp
« Last post by Closerox on December 11, 2018, 01:25:40 am »
Agreed on this. But I think we're going to add a bit more information.
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 wonder this story is this. You do well
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The Digital Smokers (BTDS76P & BTDS108P) / Re: Feeder unit runs when powered off
« Last post by paul888 on December 10, 2018, 09:01:20 pm »
Just giving the group an update... I have returned the unit to my brother and talked to the original owner (his father in law).  It seems that he has dealt with some erratic behavior since the unit was new.  Of course, it was not feeding with the unit turned off, but he said that it definitely used to have feed issues...mostly not pushing the briquette out enough so he had to press the "wood" button often while checking on it during a session.  I disassembled the micro switch and it was excellent, nice shiny copper contacts, not burnt or worn at all.  I believe that during the flood, possibly the 3 solenoids on the board that is in the bottom of the unit were damaged.  After it has been plugged in and gone through a couple pressed of the "wood" button... the solenoids start clicking erratically and it will feed partially then stop then do the same thing at random intervals.  They both agreed that at least I put it back to a "usable" state with the work I did.  I'm going to look up that board online just to see if replacing may be a possibility.  There's no way I'm going to start trying to troubleshoot individual electronic components on that board though.
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General Discussions / Re: Christmas gifts
« Last post by manxman on December 10, 2018, 01:58:12 pm »
Thanks Habs, been using my new Bradley smoker regularly. Also curing and smoking some trout from a local reservoir using a similar method to the salmon... never smoked trout before and plan a tasting session with friends to compare and contrast over Christmas. I like the sound of your smoked candied mixed nuts in particular and I too have a large bone in rib roast on order.  :)
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General Discussions / Re: Christmas gifts
« Last post by Habanero Smoker on December 10, 2018, 01:24:06 pm »
Looking good cathouse willy  :)

This year got some wild Alaskan salmon sides which have been cured in a rock salt and molasses sugar dry cure then cold smoked with whisky oak bisquettes. When vacuum sealing the thin slices are lightly brushed with a single malt whisky, done a similar thing for many years but normally with farmed salmon and family / friends use it as a starter on Christmas Day.

Also have a large smoked ham, pastrami and smoked mackerel pate to distribute.

This also sounds great. Good to see your post.
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General Discussions / Re: Christmas gifts
« Last post by manxman on December 10, 2018, 06:55:02 am »
Looking good cathouse willy  :)

This year got some wild Alaskan salmon sides which have been cured in a rock salt and molasses sugar dry cure then cold smoked with whisky oak bisquettes. When vacuum sealing the thin slices are lightly brushed with a single malt whisky, done a similar thing for many years but normally with farmed salmon and family / friends use it as a starter on Christmas Day.

Also have a large smoked ham, pastrami and smoked mackerel pate to distribute.
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General Discussions / Re: Christmas gifts
« Last post by Habanero Smoker on December 09, 2018, 01:59:23 am »
Those are great gifts. You got some nice smoke on that bacon.

For this year's homemade gifts I'm making some infused salts, smoked candied mixed nuts, and for Christmas a smoked 4 bone-in prime rib (not using the Bradley).
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