Author Topic: Which one to get?  (Read 2907 times)

Offline Ken C.

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Which one to get?
« on: March 28, 2009, 07:36:07 am »
> hello everyone....just registerd a few minutes ago

> received an e-mail from Canadian Tire (Ontario) that the Bradley original smoker is on sale
   so that spiked my interest

>  then noticed the Bradley Digital smoker and would like to know if the digital is worth the xtra
    $;  the original is on sale for $289 - reg. $389 and the digital is regular priced at $499

>  I'm happy to say I have about $700 in Canadian Tire money so either unit won't cost me
    personally

>  abouit 4 years ago, I ordered a Primo Oval Smoker from the fine state of Georgia and thoroughly
    enjoy usihg that;  also have the Weber metal grill as most of us likely have

>  would appreciate opinions on which smoker to get - is the digital really worth the $ difference
   

thanks....Ken

Offline Mr Walleye

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Re: Which one to get?
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2009, 07:52:05 am »
Hi Ken and welcome to the forum from a fellow Canuck.

Personally... I would go with the OBS and possibly consider adding a PID to it if you want to control the temps better. A PID is a temp control device that is very accurate and allows you to control the temps better when doing things like sausage or salmon/fish. If you compare the price of an OBS with PID to a DBS you will find the total cost to be similar but the OBS with the PID will control the temps more accurately. JMHO.

Also, if you get a chance, click on the smoker in the bottom of my post and have a look at the recipe site. Tons of great stuff there all from the fine folks on the forum here.

Mike

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Re: Which one to get?
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2009, 08:59:39 am »
Welcome Ken!
Your in my backyard........all that smoke you've been smelling....thats me! ;D

Personally I would go with the digital and still get a PID (around $240 CDN).

Don't forget a Maverick (wireless temp probes), then you may want to get into stuffing, then...........I have stop myself, I'm drolling on the keyboard :)

Lumpy

Offline Mr Walleye

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Re: Which one to get?
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2009, 09:37:48 am »
Actually.. Lumpy has a good point. I was just thinking based on real money!  :D

The DBS does have a few advantages over the OBS even when using the PID. To name a few...

- You still have the ability to use the smoke generator timer.
- Stainless interior vs aluminium, not much of an advantage.
- No circuit board in the bottom of the tower to be concerned about moisture with.
- No front leg issue causing the face plate to crack.

These are not huge advantages but if your buying it with Canadian Tire money... What the heck!  ;)

I'm also running a DBS with a PID.

Mike

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lumpy

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Re: Which one to get?
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2009, 09:41:56 am »
I just love the fancy digital readout on the front. Makes me look like a pro when friends come over ;D

Don't alway need the PID with the digital, but if you have it..........

Lumpy

beefmann

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Re: Which one to get?
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2009, 05:03:56 pm »
id go with the digital and enjoy


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Re: Which one to get?
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2009, 06:20:44 pm »
Welcome Ken!

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Re: Which one to get?
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2009, 10:20:40 pm »
Welcome Ken

I have the OBS (orginal Bradley Smoker) with the plug & Play PID from Auber.  A link to the unit is enclosed.  Auber has great service and will answer any questions.
http://auberins.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=72&zenid=ba82c9e61010d7ce2b0d4f7304cb3aca
Amazing Ribs
http://www.amazingribs.com/index.html
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Offline FLBentRider

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Re: Which one to get?
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2009, 11:40:22 am »
W E L C O M E  to the Forum Ken C!

I have and OBS with PID.
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Offline westexasmoker

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Re: Which one to get?
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2009, 12:18:57 pm »
Welcome to the fourm Ken!

You won't go wrong either way ya go!  I run an OBS and PID I built from the plans on the receipe site.

Good luck and once again welcome aboard!

C
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