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Offline SmokinMoe

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How old is your Bradley?
« on: January 14, 2018, 08:29:05 am »
My bradley is still going from 2004.  I wondered what the average life of a bradley is, so if you want to check in and tell me how old your Bradley is, that would be great. 
"If I have to cook, I might as well watch it all go up in smoke!"

Offline gricardsimplycol

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Re: How old is your Bradley?
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2018, 08:44:30 am »
Mine came new in 08

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Offline mybad

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Re: How old is your Bradley?
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2018, 10:19:00 am »
Good timing. I purchased mine Aug 2007. Has worked without issue. I just broke it out today. Has been wrapped up in a plastic bag for over a year. It just fell off the table I had it on, still works...lol

As you can see I haven't cleaned it in ?.....who know  ;D

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Offline Habanero Smoker

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Re: How old is your Bradley?
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2018, 01:23:40 pm »
I also purchased mine  in 2004. August to me more exact. At that time the heating element had a glass casing, until they later started making the casing out of metal. I've had to replace the front faceplate and temperature controller. Because it had been dropped twice; once from a height of 3 feet, and a second time of over 6 feet I had to replace the door.


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Offline Gafala

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Re: How old is your Bradley?
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2018, 05:02:35 pm »
A Bradley Airplane. HeHe Just had to make that comment , that shows just how good they put things together. I don't think you would get that from some of the others.


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Offline tskeeter

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Re: How old is your Bradley?
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2018, 06:45:54 pm »
Mine is about a 2012.

Replaced the smoke generator to address an inconsistent puck feeding issue, as motor and micro switch hadn’t corrected problem.  New smoke generator still had puck feed consistency issues.  Well, dang.  Just live with it.  Guess my taster isn’t very discerning.  Can’t taste a bitter flavor the once in a while a puck or two burns to ash.

Offline Roget

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Re: How old is your Bradley?
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2018, 05:17:08 am »
I purchased mine new in 2010.
Still works as good as it did the day I got it. (I'm knocking on wood as I type this)   ;D ;D
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Offline Toker

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Re: How old is your Bradley?
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2018, 06:26:35 pm »
I have a big collection ( 14 ) from 2007 to 2017 and only my older one ( the 2007 ) had issue with the door.

Offline zueth

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Re: How old is your Bradley?
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2018, 10:21:58 am »
I don't remember when I bought mine, maybe ten years ago now.  I have had problems with the door, had to replace hinges and plastic pieces on the front, also had a problem with smoke generator not advancing pucks correctly and had to open up and clean it out, but been pretty good besides that.

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Re: How old is your Bradley?
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2018, 10:55:04 am »
Bought mine in 2009 and only issue I have had is the element (1 replaced) other than that no issues at all

My door works fine, the seals are perfect and I don't remember the smoke gen ever giving me any problem 
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Offline zueth

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Re: How old is your Bradley?
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2018, 04:10:40 pm »
oh yeah I did have to replace 1 - 500 watt element, forgot about that.

Offline aha638

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Re: How old is your Bradley?
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2018, 08:33:12 am »
I seasoned my Bradley on July 2nd 2004.  Have passed many pounds of food through it since.

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Re: How old is your Bradley?
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2018, 03:10:30 pm »
Bought my Bradley 4DBS 2009, added a Auber PID and a 2nd element,  all are working well.  I have replaced two elements over the years and I have cooked many, many #'s of food on this unit.  I like the bisquets better than pellets.  The pellets give me a slight bitter taste to the smoke ( I have tried at least 4 different brands ).  If I can afford a good quality meat to cook and smoke, then I can afford the bisquets.
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Offline SmokinMoe

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Re: How old is your Bradley?
« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2018, 11:45:06 am »
I have never had to replace anything on my Bradley, thankfully.
The pucks, to me, are just as important as the meat since you put a lot of money, time and effort into that, but that is my opinion. You do what you have to do!
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Re: How old is your Bradley?
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2018, 05:15:20 am »
Stainless steel original bought late 2004, two replacement generators due to faults in first year but no issues since. Added the cold smoker attachment and Auber PID over next few years and everything lives outside in a purpose built wooden shed.

Used mainly for cold smoking probably on average 12 to 18 times a year and would buy again without hesitation.  :)
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