Bradley BTIS1 Original Fully Automatic 4-Rack Outdoor Food Smoker
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- 4-rack fully automatic food smoker with 2,288-cubic-inch interior
- 500-watt cooking element; 125-watt smoking element; heats up to 280 degrees F
- Unique smoke without fire system features wood-flavored bisquettes that burn for 20 minutes each
- Runs for up to 8 hours without refueling; tray and drip bowl included; briquettes sold separately
- Measures 14-1/2 inches by 17 inches by 31 inches; 42 pounds; 1-year warranty
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|Item Dimensions||34 x 20 x 18 inches|
|Item Weight||44 pounds|
|Manufacturer Part Number||B000FK2DNM|
|Shipping Weight||48.15 pounds|
The Original Bradley Smoker hot smokers, cold smokes and roasts to perfection. Unique smoke without fire system operates for up to 8 hours without refueling.
Taste the great outdoors with the original Bradley smoker, a unique four-rack meat and food smokehouse sold complete with its own smoke generator. The smoker makes it easy for the expert or novice smoker to enjoy gourmet-quality smoked food without heading to the nearest BBQ joint.
Smoking with a Bradley
The self-contained, clean-burning smoker is easy to use. The smoker works by burning Bradley flavor bisquettes for 20 minutes at a consistent temperature in the smoke generator, and then automatically advancing them off the burner. By maintaining a consistent, reasonable temperature, the smoker eliminates the high-temperature gases, acids, and resins that can distort the appearance and flavor of smoked food. The process is so clean that it produces no aftertaste, so guests will taste the natural flavors of the food first and foremost.
The smoker offers two smoking methods: hot and cold. In hot smoking, temperatures generally range between 180 and 250 degrees F, making it ideal for cooking meats or fish. The smoking time varies depending on what you're trying to accomplish and the type of food being smoked. Cold smoking is a longer process and is frequently combined with salt-curing foods like ham, bacon, and some methods of fish smoking. Cold smoking temperatures usually range between 60 and 80 degrees F. The original smoker also excels as a slow cooker or slow roasting oven.
Construction and Appearance
The smoker is made of powder epoxy steel with an aluminum interior, helping it hold up to heavy use. Inside the smokehouse sits a traditional hot plate with a very low heating element, along with an elaborate feeding system for the bisquettes, which are made of cube-cut, not-too-fine sawdust. The bisquettes are the key to the clean smoke, as they don't burn down to an ash, need very little heat energy, and can easily be extinguished in the integrated water bath. Finally, the smoker includes a secondary heating element to control the smokehouse temperature.
The smoker accommodates plenty of food thanks to the 2,288-cubic-inch volume and four adjustable racks, which measure 11 by 13 inches each. And at 17 by 31 by 14 inches (W x H x D)--not including the side generator--the smoker is about the size of a small fridge. Additional features include a 500-watt cooking element, a 125-watt smoking element, a max temperature of 280 degrees, a rectangular tray, a drip bowl, and a recipe booklet (bisquettes not included).
Weighing in at 42 pounds, the smoker is light enough to carry around the patio or even to take to a friend's house for a summer get-together. The original smoker carries a 12-month manufacturer's warranty from the date of original purchase.
Top customer reviews
I bought this smoker in July (five months ago). On the fifth use, it inexplicably overheated, melting the door seal. There was no fire that time. Bradley sent out a replacement door seal, saying that I must have kept the vent closed, but they'd help me this time. I hadn't kept the vent closed, and said I was concerned it was a defective unit and a fire hazard. They continued to assert it must have been a closed vent. I crossed my fingers I had just not noticed my error.
It took me nearly 2 hours to replace the door seal, a dirty job that made me swear to myself I'd maintain the smoker perfectly so there would be no potential of user error going forward. Every single time I removed every single removable part and steel wool clean it. I wiped down the sides each time, and removed any obvious grease.
Five smokes later and my wife looks out the window just in time - the whole thing was ON FIRE. I unplug it, douse it with water, and finish the turkey breast (not a greasy pork roast mind you, a turkey breast) in the oven.
I call them up, assuming the fire was proof I had a defective unit that would be quickly replaced. I figure, hey, they had a record of the first incident, so it shouldn't be much of a fuss. Ahem - no.
After a week of chasing, I finally got to talk to Brian, who is in charge of "fire incidents." I explained the situation, the previous problem, my exact experience and use of it, and he said it's because of user error - that I hadn't cleaned the smoker thoroughly enough, and too much grease is why it caught fire. Then he offered me a "deep discount" that he didn't actually reveal.
I tried to engage him in simple logic. If you're saying this unit, that has caught fire, is NOT DEFECTIVE, and I'm saying that I've used this as responsibly as possible, what you are saying is either A) I am lying to you about how I maintained the product or B) that this product carries a very reasonable risk of a fire starting through normal customer use.
Brian didn't really want to say "A" but he essentially did when he refused to acknowledge the possibility of a defective unit. He said the chances of a defect were "slim to zero," explaining to me about how the components are each inspected before assembly. When I raised the possibility that it had been improperly assembled or perhaps my unit was otherwise defective, he basically said no. When I noted that I noticed others on Amazon were also having this issue, he literally laughed and said every product on Amazon has negative reviews from a few people.
This was pretty insulting given the time that I had invested and my earnest belief that I had used this product right and it was a defective unit. But at that point I realized that any company that would rather insult a customer than acknowledge the possibility that they could make a manufacturing error was not worth a minute more of my time - other than helping assure other people aren't in my exact situation.
I wish I had taken others' warnings seriously and not written them off as being posted by careless people who didn't bother taking care of the unit properly.
You need to know that this product has the potential to catch fire, even if you use it very responsibly - and even if you are as careful as I was. I'm not some random Internet troll - I'm a regular suburban father who wouldn't bother posting this review if the product just stopped working.
It's a dangerous product, and even more dangerous that Bradley isn't taking the recent swell of customer fire reports seriously.
they would open the door to look inside or put more dry wood on instead of the wet wood causing flame-ups.
therefore, i went shopping for a new smoker. i love 'old school' smoking. last year my uncle suggested that i look into propane or electric. i don't use propane. and the thought of electric was disappointing to me. seemed like it would take all the fun out of it on a warm summer day. but i sold my hubby on the fact that we could set it and go.
i know he missed 'babysitting' the smoker, but it was really nice having friends over and 'set it and go' . keeps everybody's hands off !!!!!!
this Bradley 4-Rack is what i decided on. shipping was fast, as usual with amazon. assembly was simple. i figured 3 wood pucks per hour. Bradley suggests putting on 2 extra to push the last one through. worked fine. i seasoned it. warm-up was a bit slow but that's timing. (i still use a charcoal grill.)
the operations manual states to put the food that needs more heat on the bottom rack. my family loves beef ribs rather than pork ribs. i did cut my racks in half.
i decided to throw in a brisket also. low and slow. the smoking was perfect.
after 5 hours, ribs were perfect. i tell ya, that was the best brisket that i've EVER smoked !! everything was perfect. mmmmmmm
Cons: Should have handles for easier moving.
Its is on the small side. But for home smoking it will satisfy most people.
Uses a lot of pucks. But really..how often do you use it, weekly,, monthly..is it really an issue?
Should be a way to slow the feeding of the pucks down.
Pucks are kinda expensive and you use a lot of them. But if you shop around on line you can find them cheaper and the variety of wood types is super.
Wish it had rods to hang sausage rather then laying it on the racks. Easy enough to make a couple hard wood dowels to hang.
Pros: Very easy to use...load it and forget it.
Well built for the money.
light enough to move and store it out of the way.
The smoke generator comes off easy for storage and cleaning.
Well insulated, works fine in colder temps if you keep it out of the wind.
Easy to clean, rack and trays are dish washer safe.
Over all this is good smoker for the casual user and with some slight modification and thought should work well for most uses.