Yoder smoker question.

Discussion in 'Pellet Smokers' started by buffsbbq, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. buffsbbq

    buffsbbq Newbie

    After about three years of not having the time to build a smoker, I've decided to build one. I had a nice plan with an old wood stove and was going to make it reverse flow. But I think I am going to scrap it and buy a pellet smoker. I like the fact that pellet can stay consistent with Temps unattended.

    So after looking around online I am leaning towards a Yoder YS640. I am s new smoker but have been in love with BBQ forever. I would love to start entering some competitions.

    So to my questions.
    1. Would this be a good option?
    2. What pellets is suggested for this smoker. I know that with traeger if you don't use their pellets it voids the warranty. Sorry if that is a dumb question.

    Thanks for the help.
  2. westby

    westby Smoking Fanatic

    Yoder is an excellent pellet grill and would be highly recommended (much more so than a Traeger in my opinion).  They are a bit spendier though.

    You can use any pellets in any pellet grill (including Traeger - they cannot enforce the use of their pellets in their grill).  I buy bulk Lumberjack pellets and can get them very cheap this way - $11 a 40 lb bag, but I live only a few hours from where they are manufactured and shipping is cheaper for me.
  3. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Hello BuffsBBQ.

    Yoders are excellent pellet cookers...very well made with a very high customer satisfaction.  If you go that route, I'm sure you won't regret it.  

    Any BBQ pellets will work just fine in your YS640.

    One question: have you eaten any food cooked on a pellet cooker?  The reason I ask, occasionally there are BBQ lovers who don't think pellet smokers put out a heavy-enough smoke flavor.  They burn cleaner than other types of smokers, and definitely produce a more subtle smoke flavor than stick burners or charcoal pits.  So if you haven't tried some pellet-smoked meats, you might want to make it a point to do so before you lay out as much as a couple grand on a new Yoder.

    Hope that helps...[​IMG]

  4. buffsbbq

    buffsbbq Newbie

    Thank you both for the quick reply. I am glad to hear Yoder's are good. I have not tried meat from a pellet smoker that is a good point. I will have to seek out some BBQ for research lol yes that is a good excuse research. Where in live in WV I don't have many options. But I am headed to SC in a few weeks to go to the beach so I might be able to find somewhere along the way. I saw on Yoder's website that there is a place around Charlotte that sells them so I am going to stop in and see one in person before I buy. I just want to find a quality smoker that is going to last and produce competition BBQ.

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