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Yoder Smokers

Looking to add to the collection.  Has anyone had any experience with Yoder Smokers?  Looking in to them and figured I would ask around.  Thanks
Go Gamecocks!!!
1 XL, 1 MM
Smoking in Aiken South Carolina

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  • Things look like a beast. Would he interested if others have any experience as well. 
  • LitLit Posts: 8,316
    The warranty was a deal breaker for me. Only 3 yrs on the electrical components. They are built like tanks though.
  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 10,388
    You need to be more specific as they make a wide variety from true smokers, to hog cookers to pellet smokers.
    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • Photo Egg said:
    You need to be more specific as they make a wide variety from true smokers, to hog cookers to pellet smokers.
    Excuse me, pellet smokers is what I’m looking for.
    Go Gamecocks!!!
    1 XL, 1 MM
    Smoking in Aiken South Carolina
  • SGHSGH Posts: 27,139
    As far as pellet smokers, Yoder is as good as it gets.  

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  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 15,996
    Yoder, by far.

    I have to agree with @SGH

    My next door neighbor has/had a Traeger, from when they were made overseas. He was very unhappy with it and eventually gave it away. The new Traegers are much better, but, Yoder still seems to be the best for pellet smoking. 

    I think the grilling function of a Yoder is not fully appreciated, or as commonly known. It does a splendid job.

    If I were to choose it would be Yoder.
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • LitLit Posts: 8,316
    YukonRon said:
    Yoder, by far.

    I have to agree with @SGH

    My next door neighbor has/had a Traeger, from when they were made overseas. He was very unhappy with it and eventually gave it away. The new Traegers are much better, but, Yoder still seems to be the best for pellet smoking. 

    I think the grilling function of a Yoder is not fully appreciated, or as commonly known. It does a splendid job.

    If I were to choose it would be Yoder.
    I would also consider the weber. They have worked out most of their initial issues. If you look at a Yoder the 640 is like $1800 plus shipping but then everything is an add on. The grilling option you mentioned if you are going to use it to grill often there is an accessory that makes the grilling easier to use. There was a 2nd rack extender or something. I dont remember exactly what they are but when I was looking at them I was in for like another $500 in options the way I would have wanted it. They have the 480 and 640 on the floor to look at in Atlanta Grill company if the OP is ever in the Atl area.
  • HotchHotch Posts: 3,545
    edited September 10
    The Yoder is a good one. I would also look at the Pitts and Spitts Maverick line.
    I've cooked on the 1250 and it was a great experience! Built like a tank. 
    Amazing Ribs review of 8 months of cooking:
    https://amazingribs.com/smoker/pitts-spitts-maverick-1250-pellet-grill-review
    Large BGE, MiniMAX BGE, 2 Mini BGE's, R&V Fryer, 36" Blackstone Griddle, Camp Chef Dual Burner 40K BTU Stove
    BGE Chiminea
    Prosper, TX
  • RRog17RRog17 Posts: 492
    check out recteq. Great reviews. 
    Summerfield, NC
    LBGE & 17” Blackstone
  • They build Yoders 50 miles from where I live. My employer has a YS640. Very well built. Heavy solid units. Before puchasing my egg, I was leaning heavily toward a Yoder. The owner also owns All Things BBQ in Wichita. Very nice shop and they put on monthly cooking courses. 
    South Central Kansas
    Instagram: @midwest_voyager
  • Yoders are built like a tank and will retain heat well, but may eat pellets. I have an older Mak 1 Star General pellet grill for 6 years now and never had any issues with heat retention, built, or electrical components. 

    Heard good things about Rectec. 
  • Only bad things I’ve heard is they use a lot of fuel and tend to rust fast. 
  • Only bad things I’ve heard is they use a lot of fuel and tend to rust fast. 
    It's also an 1/8" thick lol so a little rust isn't going to do squat compared to a tin-can competitor. Nothing that a wire brush and high temp paint won't control. 
    South Central Kansas
    Instagram: @midwest_voyager
  • Only bad things I’ve heard is they use a lot of fuel and tend to rust fast. 
    It's also an 1/8" thick lol so a little rust isn't going to do squat compared to a tin-can competitor. Nothing that a wire brush and high temp paint won't control. 

    No, it will not hurt it but it looks bad. I know some that repaint them regularly to keep them looking good. Some may not like having to do that.
  • Only bad things I’ve heard is they use a lot of fuel and tend to rust fast. 
    It's also an 1/8" thick lol so a little rust isn't going to do squat compared to a tin-can competitor. Nothing that a wire brush and high temp paint won't control. 

    No, it will not hurt it but it looks bad. I know some that repaint them regularly to keep them looking good. Some may not like having to do that.
    Agree with you there. The skirt in the front of my boss's started peeling and rusting within a couple of years. 
    South Central Kansas
    Instagram: @midwest_voyager
  • OhioEggerOhioEgger Posts: 650
    Another curious potential customer here. I've considered buying a Yoder a couple of times, but just haven't been able to convince myself that it would be a game changer from the BGE. Since my travel budget for this year has been shot to hell, I'd be more than willing to spring for a YS480 if I could believe it did things my LBGE can't do.
    Cincinnati, Ohio. Large BGE since 2011. Still learning.
  • GregWGregW Posts: 2,252
    A big plus for me on the Yoder, it's built in the USA. 
    Built in the USA is a rare thing for pellet smokers these days, most are made overseas as others have mentioned.
    Birmingham, AL
  • Thanks for all the feedback.  Much appreciated.
    Go Gamecocks!!!
    1 XL, 1 MM
    Smoking in Aiken South Carolina
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