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BluegrassSmoke 01-06-2013 11:53 PM

Smoker question??
I have a friend that asked me about a smoker...

He is looking at this one, I'm new to smoking and didn't feel I had enough experience to give an opinion, and he's new to smoking too...
Anyone using one or have any feedback on this unit? I have a Master Build electric smoker and it works fine for me....I'm building a UDS for better smoke, but still to new to give advice. I also told him to look at a BBG or a Webber....

I think he want a kind of all in one unit, smoke and grill....

Thanks for any and all responses to this question....

Happy New Year to all.....

Smoothsmoke 01-07-2013 12:19 AM

If he wants an all in one unit. How about a kamado?

The Akorn Kamado which is about the same price point as the cooker in the link.

Kamado Joe Classic is about 699 and is a heck of smoker/grill/pizza maker.

Or he can go old school with a weber kettle and build a UDS, or an 18" WSM.

Bludawg 01-07-2013 12:20 AM

They work good from what I here but your a slave to Bradley for the wood pucks and they're proud of them($$$$). Anything with computerized control scares the bejeebers out of me, 1 power surge and your calling Pizza Hut or the power goes out an your having peanutbutter & baloney on wonder bread. IMO an Brinkman Gourmet is a better choice.

flyingbassman5 01-07-2013 12:46 AM


Originally Posted by BluegrassSmoke (Post 2319726)

I think he want a kind of all in one unit, smoke and grill....

The best rig to do both is a Weber kettle. Especially if he wants little fuss to go back and forth and wants a unit that's gonna last forever.

The only down side I can think of for a kettle is that if your cooking for a crowd (more than 4 or 5 people) space can run short real quick. Not that it isn't possible to cook for a crowd with one though. I've cook for a 20ish person party and did pork steaks in multiple batches. I had to start early and had to add another load of charcoal but it wasn't a huge deal. The finished steaks were thrown into a roasting pan and put in a warm oven until the party.

If he is just cooking for his household, a kettle is the sure bet. Plus the price is right too. A One Touch Silver 22" is like $100 from Lowes. The Golds and Platinums aren't much more either.

popeye 01-09-2013 09:52 AM

the ketle grill is the best. If you want anything better you have to look for a long time .:grin:

VoodoChild 01-09-2013 09:56 AM

Get a Weber 26.75 Kettle ...Pretty versitile .

chriscw81 01-09-2013 11:56 AM

I would go with the kamado if it will be his only weapon. They're very versatile. Grilling, long smokes, and even baking pizza. Don't get me wrong though, I love my 22.5 kettle and I can cook ANYTHING on it. I just prefer my kamado for longer cooks because of how little fuel it uses and it will park at the same temp for hours untouched.

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IamMadMan 01-10-2013 07:23 AM

I agree the Weber Smokey Mountain and the Komando are both good choices.

I also have to add that the UDS is also great for a beginner with a small budget.

Johnny_Crunch 01-10-2013 08:16 AM

That unit will be fine for a bit but I see it on craiglists a few months down the road because it is boring. The Kamado suggestion is great or get a Weber Kettle and build a UDS and spend less money and he will be set for a long time.

ButtBurner 01-10-2013 09:01 AM

I have a Bradley but would not buy another one.

it works fine and you dont need to use thier pucks, I use an AMNPS pellet smoker in mine

But the heat element is weak, I added a second one and its much much better.

its not an all in one unit, it will not grill

One thing I will say is Bradley Customer Service is excellent.

And yes, it is kind of boring to use.

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