Build your own BBQ Smokehouse. The Bradley Smokers Smoke Generator
allows you to make your own food smoking cabinet very easily.
The Bradley Smoke Generator is a highly adaptable unit that allows you
to retrofit almost any small structure into a smoke house. The unit
consists of two parts. The Smoke Generator is fabricated from
powder-coated steel, and fulfills the same purpose as the smoke
generator which is fitted to the Original Bradley Smoker - advancing the
bisquettes onto the heat element at a rate of one every twenty minutes.
The Smoke Generator design is reminiscent of the older models of
Bradley Smoker, now superceded. This is of no consequence as the
controls are limited to a power on / off switch, and a bisquette advance
button, used to position the first bisquette on the burner. Thereafter,
bisquettes feed automatically.
The second part of the apparatus consists of a stainless steel
face-plate, with an adjustable collar onto which the smoke generator
fits by means of two lugs. This allows the smoke generator to be easily
removed from the faceplate in order to facilitate cleaning and storage.
The intention is that the faceplate remains permanently attached to the
structure that you use for smoking.
The picture shows the Smoke Generator lugged onto the face-plate of the
Adaptor, and the adjustable Adaptor Collar can also be seen. When
fitted, the wall of the smoke-house structure fits between the faceplate
and the collar.
The unit uses Bradley Flavour Bisquettes. It is particularly well suited
to cold smoking. Where the cabinets fitted to the other models are
insulated, this causes heat to built up within the cabinets, which
mitigates against cold smoking. However, the chances are that the your
home made structure will be of a considerably larger volume, and may not
be insulated. As a consequence, you are highly unlikely to experience
any built up of heat in your structure, and providing the ambient
temperature is low enough:below about 28 deg C, then you will have no
difficulty cold smoking. For the other Bradley Smoker models, we
recommend the use of the Cold Smoke Adaptor accessory when cold smoking.
An ideal structure might be an old chest freezer, stood upright, the lid
for the door, with an 11 cm hole in the side for the adaptor, and a vent
in the top in order to allow for a natural draft to flow through the
structure. It is important that this draft occurs, both in terms of the
quality of the smoked product, and to stop smoke being drawn back into
the Smoke Generator. if this does occur then it would eventually cause a
build up of tar on the mechanism.
A blueprint to build your own smokehouse is included with the unit and
is available in pdf format on the Specifications tab.
Bradley Smoke Generators are used to considerable effect by small time
producers of, for example smoked hams, bacon and salmon. We have many
users in the UK who are able to run successful smoking businesses just
by using one or more Bradley Smoke Generators.
A question we are often asked is what size of smokehouse can be
sustained by a Bradley Smoke Generator. There are many variables that
would effect the answer so conducting careful scientific experiments
would be unlikely to be helpful, however an 12 ft square room is well
within capacity. If you really are looking for a solution of this
magnitute then you would in any case be advised to deploy two
generators, keeping one as a spare if needed.