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Old 07-18-2011, 04:53 PM   #1
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Default Masterbuilt or Bradley electric smoker opinions?

I'm in the market for a new smoker. I've been using an electric Brinkmann for several years and it's just about at the end of it's life.

I really think I'd like to stay with electric as it is easy to deal with and I don't want to have to mess with propane tanks. I could do NG if it is an option, but I do like the simplicity of electric. I don't want to have to babysit the thing too much, so I like the temp control of the newer electrics.

Currently, I've looked at the Masterbuilt 30 & 40 inch smokers and some of the Bradley ones. There are benefits to both that I like - size and digital control on the MB, but indirect smoke on the Bradley. I'm kind of turned off on buying the pre-made pucks for the Bradley, but I would only be smoking probably once a month, so having to use the pucks probably wouldn't be a big problem.

Any opionions about these smokers?

http://masterbuilt.com/prod-smokers-digital.html
http://www.bradleysmoker.com/digital-smoker-4-rack.asp

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Why not charcoal or wood as a fuel instead of electric? I am not a fan of either smoker. If I was to buy an electric smoker it would be the Fast Eddie FEC100.

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Old 07-19-2011, 04:51 PM   #3
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You're obviously coming from a professional smoking perspective, which is not where I'm at. For once a month smoking I don't think I'll be checking out the $3,600 Fast Eddie.

I mostly like the idea of electric with temp control so I don't have to babysit the thing and check temps much. I don't really have a lot of time to devote to smoking, so I pretty much start it up and walk away.

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Get a Traeger then

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Old 07-19-2011, 05:57 PM   #5
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You're obviously coming from a professional smoking perspective, which is not where I'm at. For once a month smoking I don't think I'll be checking out the $3,600 Fast Eddie.

I mostly like the idea of electric with temp control so I don't have to babysit the thing and check temps much. I don't really have a lot of time to devote to smoking, so I pretty much start it up and walk away.
Then get a WSM or UDS or BGE and throw a bbq guru or stoker on it, or build your own.
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Old 07-19-2011, 06:00 PM   #6
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I'm with Dataz. I was all about the electric method for the same reasons you are. Then I said F it and built a UDS. There's very minimal interaction required. I do check it every 30-60 minutes because I'm new and nervous, but every time I check it, it's sitting right where it should be. I did a 19.5 hour smoke a couple weekends ago with 1 bag of charcoal and 3-4 valve adjustments.
Add a stoker like Dataz said and it would do that minimal work for you.

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I bought a bradley years ago. Hated it. The little buscuits kept getting stuck and not working. They have probably fixed that by now.
I sent it back and bought a cookshack. I love my cookshack!

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I had the brinkman electric also..It did fine but I absolutely love my WSM. not much work/babysitting at all. once the coals are going and dampers adjusted I don't have to touch it. It'll do 12 hour smokes just fine depending on conditions (temp/wind/prec) and won't break the bank.

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It seems like everyone loves their Weber Smokey Mountain. I have a couple myself for home use.

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Old 07-20-2011, 07:56 PM   #10
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I have the original Bradley and love it. As long as the ambient temp is above 50F. you won't have a problem with temps.

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