Another Bradley caught fire

Started by The Fighting Hellfish, February 02, 2022, 03:37:36 PM

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The Fighting Hellfish

Hey all, new to the forum and have been doing research after my Digital 4 rack caught fire during the second use.  Had 2 pork butts in and around hour 6.5 noticed the ambiant temperature on my remote temp spike and alarm.  Ran to the smoker and saw way too much smoke coming from it and when I opened the door the fresh oxygen hit it and oh boy game on!  Managed to get the meat out and get the fire out eventually but not sure if I can salvage the smoker which was brand new (2nd time using).

I'm guessing grease ran down the back of the smoker to cause the fire.  I wasn't aware that was a problem as I didn't see it addressed in the instruction manual. 

I haven't contacted Bradley yet, but I'm wondering in the meantime what I can do.  I see that there are parts available but how should I assess the damage?  I understand there are issues with insulation melting, what else should I look for?  Is there a way to tell if the smoker generator is still operable?

Thanks for any help.  After having a Traeger for many years I was excited to cold smoke using this new Bradley and the cold smoke adapter.  Really hoping I don't have to replace the whole thing.

Habanero Smoker

Hi The Fighting Hellfish;

Sorry to welcome you to the forum in this manner.

If the butts where touching the back wall, then most likely that could have caused the fire. Another possibility; especially when you have a lot of fatty cuts like butts, the drip pan can get clogged (using a sugar based rub also contributes to this problem). This can cause a build up of grease on top of the drip pan; being that close to the heating element - that can ignite the grease. One other factor is not changing the water bowl. The bowl will fill with grease; displacing the water - and if you sill have the burnt bisquettes in the bowl, that could ignite.

The best way to proceed is to access the damage before contacting Bradley; and work with them to see if your Bradley can be fixed, or need replacement. Check inside the cabinet to see if any of the walls are warped. If you have the time remove the back cover, you can check to see if the insulation has been melted, and/or if there is any fire damage to the wiring. If you have a multitool, you can test if the inline fuse, and sensor are still good, but checking the continuity. If your temperature sensor and/or inline fuse haven't been damaged you should be able to test your generator. Though most likely your generator is alright. It sounds like you caught to fire before it could cause damage to the generator.

Good Luck. Let us know how things work out for you.