My dad bought a Bradley smoker this week and we are trying to use it for the first time today. It has shut itself off a few times for no apparent reason. It always comes back on, but we can't leave it alone for two hours like we would like to. Any ideas? Have you heard of any electronics related problems with these? If I had to guess, I would think some sort of limit is being tripped in it, but I obviously don't know. Any help is appreciated.
Yes I have an answer, Rather than whining to the world, why don't you just ask the Bradley company--don't you think they would know? I know first hand they can help and they do care a bunch about their customers. Odds are you have not programmed it correctly or have it plugged in incorrectly (wires switched).
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Did you try switching out the tank? Turn off the tank and disconnect it ... check the connections to be sure there is nothing blocking the flow. Carefully open the valve on the tank to be sure it is letting gas out. You should hear as well as smell it ... be very careful that it is not near an open flame or heat when doing this. Also be sure you are outside in an open well ventilated area. Only open it for a second or two then shut it off.
With power off remove bottom plate check heat element for continuity.Rheostat is mounted on controll board sometimes meat juices flow out door and into controll board shorting it out like mine.Saw web site where someone used pid controll in place of rehostat control board.
On Master Craft Smokers, you need to put the wood chip in when you first turn it on. The heating element will be on trying to bring up the temperature and will start burning the wood. Also open the vents all the way to get the element to turn on more often. 130degrees is very low for smoking anything. Most meat needs to be 170 on the inside to be considered done. Try cranking the temp at the beginning and turning it down after that. After the first couple hours the meat should be considered smoked, then it just needs to cook.
contact the company to see if the timer unit can be purchsed to replace yourself or if the whole drive has to be replaced. not sure if its battery operated, but if it is , to make do for now you can start everything up , pop out the battery and pop it back in as you need to.....lot of work but you'll be smokin' at least.........