Wow, thanks all for your advice, I do appreciate it.
My initial trepedation about moisture & the wood pellets comes from my neighboor in Maryland who had a wood pellet stove - the heating kind. He thought he had a great deal as he got a good price on the stove initially. bought a 2 full pallet of pellets, enough to carry him through the winter accoring to the store. This is a very rural area and you cant just go to the store whenever you feel like it (its an 80 mile round trip) He stored them well up off fthe ground in an enclosed shed barn, but the moisture got to them and before the heating season was out they were ruined. He gave up on pellet stove idea after that.
Traeger grills I saw at the Christiana Mall kiosk in Newark, DE. I was not overly impressed with the robustness of their build considering the price and I wasnt about to drop $800. without doing some research first. While they may have been on the market for a while, I think I'd rather give my money to someone who's building product in the US. It isnt always easy to do and you have to shop more these days, but it can still be done.
There are no stores within reasonable driving distance for me anywhere that sell pellet grills that I have found, so I can either pay for shipping or drive. Lowes & Home Depot have the cheap Brinkmann / Char Griller units for ~ 500. Lowes dosent have pellets in stock but I can have them delivered to the store at no charge and pick them up there. If I want premium pellets I have to pay for premium product. With prices of gas what they are these days, I'd rather pay for some shipping charges than drive 2 or 3 hours and burn up $20. in gas to save $20. in shipping charges. FWIW, Amazon has some pellets with free shipping, as do some other online retailers, but you generally pay more per 20 lb bag of pellets to get free shipping. No free lunch here.
I like what I see in both the Yoder and Blazin Grill product lines. The MAK I'm sure is a fine unit but its 35% more than its comperable competitors. I'm not as concerned about parts failure. If it breaks I'll fix it. With the cheap imported products I see light gauge metals that will not be durable and prone to bun out & cracking. With the better units, if there is some mods to be made, the parts are machinable and weldable.
There is a Yoder dealer over the river in Eastern PA, I think in the next few weeks it will make a nice desination for a satuday afternoon ride with the wife on the goldwing to check out the YS640.
Sure would be nice to be able to do a "trial BBQ" somewheres though !
Sorry I rambled so much here; will be sure to keep you posted.