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Offline WightSmoker

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DIY Smoker on Isle of Wight
« on: August 12, 2013, 12:53:31 am »
New to smoking, but since we grew some rare-breed pork, we just had to try some! I have a non-digital generator and a DIY smoker cabinet.  Having some problems with auto advance after just 3 uses which is disappointing, so I'll post on the main forum for ideas - thanks in advance!

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Re: DIY Smoker on Isle of Wight
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2013, 06:03:09 am »
welcome aboard,

depending on whats  going on check the following do the following

remove the  8 screws around the  outside of the smoke generator look for the following

1) check any and all  electrical connections,  remove and  re seat all connections
2) check for burs or gouges on or along the track that  may stop the puck  pusher .
3) if under warranty  contact bradly

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Re: DIY Smoker on Isle of Wight
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2013, 09:04:28 am »
Welcome! We have many experienced smokers here that will give great advice on just about every topic you can think of, concerning smoking.
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Re: DIY Smoker on Isle of Wight
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2013, 10:46:13 am »
Welcome from Texas, they are easily maintained and the folks at Bradley stand by there equipment so if you don't find the solution here (which I bet you will) give them a call or email them and you should be good to go.

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Re: DIY Smoker on Isle of Wight
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2013, 01:02:18 pm »
Hi WightSmoker;

Sorry to welcome you to the forum under these circumstances.

Also go to Bradley FAQ's. You may find some helpful information there.

Back in June I smoke/cooked a Berkshire Butt. It was by far the best pork I ever had. What breed are you raising?


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Re: DIY Smoker on Isle of Wight
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2013, 01:28:50 pm »
Welcome to the forum from Nebraska.

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Re: DIY Smoker on Isle of Wight
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2013, 08:13:47 pm »
Hi WightSmoker;

Sorry to welcome you to the forum under these circumstances.

Also go to Bradley FAQ's. You may find some helpful information there.

Back in June I smoke/cooked a Berkshire Butt. It was by far the best pork I ever had. What breed are you raising?

Agreed!
Not cheap, but Berkshire is a TREAT.
Like... crazy good...

Got mine from SRF.



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Re: DIY Smoker on Isle of Wight
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2013, 10:14:07 pm »
Impressive; I think that's the best photo of pulled pork I have ever seen
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Re: DIY Smoker on Isle of Wight
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2013, 01:49:45 am »
You are right it is crazy good! And that is a crazy goo looking photo of pulled pork. Makes me want to go out and purchase some more.


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Re: DIY Smoker on Isle of Wight
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2013, 10:36:54 am »
Wow, that photo looks perfect.. What type of rub did you use on your pork!
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Re: DIY Smoker on Isle of Wight
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2013, 07:29:41 am »
Wow, that photo looks perfect.. What type of rub did you use on your pork!
Don't remember what rub I used, but that berkshire outshined anything you could add to it!

In that pic, it looks insanely juicy because it is.
I remember when I first looked at the photos I took, it looked like I had spritzed it to make it look that juicy --- but I didn't.
That's just what it looks like.

It's shame it's so expensive...
It's $60 for a 14 lb shoulder -- and the shipping is at least as much (I think it was a little more).
http://store.snakeriverfarms.com/american-kurobuta-pork/bone-in-shoulder/

So, about $9/lb RAW --- Do the math.  Yikes.  That's why I've only done it once.
 
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Re: DIY Smoker on Isle of Wight
« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2013, 08:23:55 am »
welcome from NE Minnesota.  I have visited your Island and
wish I could again, it is beautiful
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Re: DIY Smoker on Isle of Wight
« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2013, 01:07:33 pm »
Wow, that photo looks perfect.. What type of rub did you use on your pork!
Don't remember what rub I used, but that berkshire outshined anything you could add to it!

In that pic, it looks insanely juicy because it is.
I remember when I first looked at the photos I took, it looked like I had spritzed it to make it look that juicy --- but I didn't.
That's just what it looks like.

It's shame it's so expensive...
It's $60 for a 14 lb shoulder -- and the shipping is at least as much (I think it was a little more).
http://store.snakeriverfarms.com/american-kurobuta-pork/bone-in-shoulder/

So, about $9/lb RAW --- Do the math.  Yikes.  That's why I've only done it once.

I paid a little over $9.30/lb., but had to add another $28 for shipping. Since I have found local sources within a descent driving range; so that should cut down on some cost. It is so moist that I didn't add any sauce, and most of the guest didn't add any either, those that did only added a little vaunted vinegar sauce. This will be at least a once a year cook for me.


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Re: DIY Smoker on Isle of Wight
« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2013, 03:43:01 am »
Thanks for all the welcome messages,
for those interested we've raised Oxford Sandy & Black, Gloucester Old Spot and Saddlebacks.    I did some cold smoking with a cabinet I built from a 4-drawer filing cabinet and recently I've completed a DIY hot smoker cabinet made from a defunkt freezer.  Works a charm, coupled with the Bradley smoke generator.
Just got to get the bisq feeder working again and we'll be back to it.

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Re: DIY Smoker on Isle of Wight
« Reply #14 on: August 20, 2013, 03:48:17 am »
I perhaps need to contact Bradley, unless someone has a magic suggestion!

The advance mechanism works fine - smooth operation etc., when you press the manual advance.
Then the auto advance works perhaps once after 20 mins
Then it stops auto advancing

I've reseated all the connections and made sure there's no debris in the way

I saw a post suggesting switching off during a rotation to reset the motor to go back the other way, but this seems to have made no difference for me. I tried it a few times.

any more ideas, greatly appreciated!

thanks