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Introduce Yourself / Re: New vs old
« Last post by Habanero Smoker on July 27, 2021, 01:46:03 PM »
Hi Anthonya;

Welcome to the forum. I have the Old Bradley Smoker (OBS), and the P10. It depends on what you want to do with your smoker. If you give us a better idea of what you plan to use the smoker for, we can better answer your question.

A six rack with a heater upgrade, and if you add a PID for temperature control will be around the same cost of a P10. Keep in mind if you make any modifications to your Bradley during the warranty period, it will void the warranty. The P10 heats up fast, and keeps tight temperature; as would a modified  six rack - though on my P10 it generally run hotter than a third party thermometer indicates. So with the P10 there is a learning curve in how it cooks, and I find I need to reduce my cook times. Also the smoke flavor seems to be stronger, so I reduce my smoke times.

 If you plan to cold smoke, or even hot smoke; I find that cold smoking is almost impossible, and even hot smoking is somewhat iffy and very dependent on the ambient temperature. If you are looking for something that can barbeque and apply excellent smoke, then the P10 is a good choice. If you plan on doing a lot of cold smoking, or hot smoking, the better choice would be the six rack with an element upgrade and PID.
Introduce Yourself / Re: New vs old
« Last post by Edward176 on July 27, 2021, 01:43:57 PM »
Hello Anthonya and welcome to the forum. I can't comment on the P10 as I haven't used it yet. I have the 6 rack digital for 7 1/2 years. I did the duel element upgrade about 5 years ago and went with a PID and haven't regretted the upgrade one bit. I love my smoker and use it weekly. I like the quick recovery with the duel elements and the tight controls with the PID. Sausage is always perfect, and I just did a batch of bacon yesterday which also turned out great. Smoked salmon is a family favourite and that I do every couple of weeks. Smoked a lot of pork shoulders and briskets, too many to count. Wish I got into smoking a lot sooner, but I'm doing my darndest to catch up to what I missed :) 
Introduce Yourself / New vs old
« Last post by Anthonya on July 27, 2021, 10:03:17 AM »
Hello everyone ☺️

I am very interested in getting into smoking, I currently own a pellet grille but I don't really smoke on it. I have had friends that have Bradley smokers and love them and thought I would like to give them a try so as with anything I purchase the research begins and what I have found had been the struggles on the older models with consistent temperature.  So I would like to know from anybody that has the experience,. What would be better the new p10 vs say a 6 rack with the the heater upgrade?  Consider the cost difference as well.
The NEW Bradley Original Smoker (BS611) / Re: Rack data
« Last post by Scrollman on July 23, 2021, 08:52:46 PM »
Pretty much what I thought, but better to check with the people who have done it. Thanx to Habanero smoker.
The NEW Bradley Original Smoker (BS611) / Re: Rack data
« Last post by Habanero Smoker on July 23, 2021, 01:38:34 PM »
Hi Scrollman,

Welcome to the forum.

I cannot recall off hand, but it is not only the weight but how the weight is distributed. For hams, I like to smoke them on their sides, so a lot more weight is going to be pushing down on one area more than another. So a 11 lb. ham is going to put more stress on a rack, than a brisket that can weigh more. So long story short, when I'm smoking ham, I double up the racks for peace of mind. I also do this for turkeys that are over 10 lbs., or if I'm smoking the turkey vertically.
The NEW Bradley Original Smoker (BS611) / Rack data
« Last post by Scrollman on July 23, 2021, 08:50:32 AM »
This is probably an old topic, but I havent been able to find the thread. I've got an 11lb fresh ham, brined and ready to go for 10-12 hours, depending on the environment. Question is, how much weight can I put on one rack. I've read about doubling them up, but not sure its the best option. Has anyone done the weight check to see?
General Discussions / Re: Plastic holding heat element
« Last post by Habanero Smoker on July 22, 2021, 02:21:19 AM »
Glad you have everything rigged back up. Let us know how your brisket turns out.

I haven't been able to use any of my outdoor cooking equipment for the past few weeks because of rain. It's either steady rain, or the thunderstorms that come in as soon as I start up my Bradley or one of my charcoal cookers.  :(
General Discussions / Re: Plastic holding heat element
« Last post by Smokey J on July 21, 2021, 05:34:16 PM »
Thanks Hab, I managed to twist some things around and get the element out. Got it all back together now. After I removed the back I was able to pull the wires through to tighten up the element. Brisket is going in in the next couple days. Hopefully it all works fine. Seems good now.
General Discussions / Re: Plastic holding heat element
« Last post by Habanero Smoker on July 18, 2021, 03:18:14 AM »
I believe you are referring to the porcelain insulator that holds the element in place. If it is that you can order a new part from Yard and Pool, or contact Bradley customer service. The part does not come with the screws.

Porcelain Insulator
General Discussions / Plastic holding heat element
« Last post by Smokey J on July 17, 2021, 06:45:25 PM »

I've just come home with a nice brisket to get ready for tomorrow and found my element has bit the biscut... Picked up a new one and unfortunately when I was taking the screws out to remove the element one stripped and a piece of the plastice broke.

Does anyone know if I can buy more of the plastic that actually holds the element? the stripped screw I can handle but without new plastic it seems like I need a new smoker. That can't be.

It's got lots of hours use so everything is covered and that likely led to both of my issues at hand. Any help or thoughts would be great.

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