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Offline Roget

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Vent open/vent closed??
« on: August 13, 2010, 10:55:39 AM »
I have read many posts suggesting the vent be at least 1/4 -1/2-to full open on all smokes.
Some suggest the vent should always be fully open.

I just acquired the "official" Bradley recipe collection. In reading it I found several of the recipes called for the vent to be fully closed during the smoking. (example: Texas Brisket)
I don't think it was a typo because I found at least 3 other recipes saying the same.

Your thoughts please.

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Re: Vent open/vent closed??
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2010, 11:00:44 AM »
I have not seen that recipe, but I would not run the smoker with the vent closed.

I have run it that way and I can assure you that the results are not what you are looking for.

To my knowledge there has not been a dialog between this Forum and the Bradley recipe writers.
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Re: Vent open/vent closed??
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2010, 11:01:49 AM »
I don't think it's a good idea to ever keep the vent closed while smoking because the smoke will back up into the generator. The smoke can leave a gummy residue that will make the inner workings stick. Now once the smoke is done and cleared out, it wouldn't be as much of a problem.
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Re: Vent open/vent closed??
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2010, 11:29:30 AM »
Believe me, I trust the advice of those of you who have been smoking with the Bradley for all this time more than I trust a recipe writer.(possibly one who has never actually smoked anything)

Your experience speaks for itself.

I just found that interesting, and wondered if any of you agree with the writer's advice. I'll be the first to admit that I can only depend on the advice of others, because I am so new to smoking.
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Re: Vent open/vent closed??
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2010, 11:30:28 AM »
I took my vent cover off so I wouldn't have to worry about checking it.

Here is a link to the vent position that is in the FAQ on the recipe site.

http://www.susanminor.org/forums/showthread.php?488-Answers-To-Bradley-Smoker-FAQ-s&p=780#post780

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Re: Vent open/vent closed??
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2010, 12:08:16 PM »
As the others have already said, I would never run the Bradley with the vent closed.  You need the moisture that will escape from whatever you're smoking to get out of the tower.  Otherwise, the moisture will condensate and rain this awful "black rain" on your food and will also run out the bottom of the door.  Know that from experience.  Moisture trapped in the tower will also hold your temp in the box down.

So in summing up, KEEP THE VENT OPEN!! :D

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Re: Vent open/vent closed??
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2010, 12:57:38 PM »
I agree we everyone else on this matter - I don't believe it's a good idea to ever shut the vent damper close unless in storage. The damper on my Stainless Steel units are normally set 3/4 open.
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Re: Vent open/vent closed??
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2010, 01:11:01 PM »
My vent is pretty much stuck open.  Like CRG, I'll probably just take it off.  The idea is to get the moisture out of the smoker.
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Re: Vent open/vent closed??
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2010, 01:15:29 PM »
The only time my vent wasn't wide open is when I first took it out of the box. I leave mine wide open and when I do open my door, there is plenty of smoke in the cabinet.
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Re: Vent open/vent closed??
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2010, 01:23:06 PM »
3/4 to full open here. don't need moisture building up in my unit and then backing up into my digital smoke box.

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Re: Vent open/vent closed??
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2010, 01:25:39 PM »
I haven't read the safety precautions in the Bradley manual, but I believe I recall it states never operate your smoker with the vent full closed. So there seems to be a bit of contradiction between the manual and some recipes.

I would start by looking at the link CRG posted. From there you can determine which settings are best for you.


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Re: Vent open/vent closed??
« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2010, 08:32:58 PM »
I really have no opinion.

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