I too like mine very much, I've had it a little over a year with only one problem. The briquette feeded went south. it would no longer feed the briquettes at teh right intravals ( every 20 minutes). One phone call to Bradley and they sent me a new one and all is well in smokeville.
The Bradley is great but spendy. another alternative to the big chief is the Brinkman Electic smoker griller. I love mine, it's durable, well made, and it has alot more heat to hold in than some others.
7 foot high work locker, 1 hot plate, small cast iron skillet, 6 stainless racks ... wrap it all in rigid insulation. turn on the heat lamp in the top when it's cold outside. try this and save all that money.
well I got a cookshack for christmas last year.. made the mistake of telling reletives i wanted a front loading smoker.. i was thinking like a 100 dollar big chief or something like that. so I could maybe play arouind with smoking a few salmon...
Well they spolied me and bought this unit which is an AWSOME smoker. Seems like it's built to last a lifetime. but they are spendy!
I would deffinetly recommend one to anyone who is serious about smoking fish.. or anything else for that matter..
The Great Outdoor Grill Co. smoker (mentioned above by SKSPAWNER) is what I just purchased from Costco in Tigard area (southern area of hwy 217) for $148.95. I got the propane powered one.
It has a variable temp. control. I was testing it and it can get up 400 deg. so shouldn't have any problems in winter. It is large enough to smoke 3 turkeys at once. Full front opening door for easy access.
You can order them from Walmart online for $149.95 plus shipping or wait until spring when they bring them back into the stores.
Bob's in Longview now carries them for $159.95 and has a double width sized one for $199.99. Bob's also has some of The Great Outdoor Grill Co. chips, rubs and BBQ sauce.
It is a nice quality piece.
Here is a link to their web site if it's ok with ifish rules.
I'm a little old fashion. I've got a Brinkman that I love. Takes a bit more work to build the fire and monitor your heat, but it usually works out to one or two more beers as well. Since you build the fire, you can use whatever you want for the smoke. Plenty of room. Have done a briske, two rack of ribs and two chickens with room to spare.