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Another New Guy

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Hello All,


Just wanted to say hello and thanks for all the information I am able to look through on this forum. 


I am very new to this artform...I have only watched/helped a few of my friends on their smokers up to this point.  I am excited to learn more though and start to produce some great food on my own.  I work as a fireman for a living so I am hoping I can feed my crew some good meals from the smoker too.  I live in northwestern Pennsylvania, near Lake Erie.


I recently spent the day at a buddys house and he introduced me to pellet smoking.  He has a nice Traeger and he made a fantastic meal for my wife and me.  Watching him and seeing his smoker made me think I could probably figure this out and I knew I loved the food so I started researching smokers.  After a lot of reading and after talking to a few people I decided I would opt for a Yoder pellet smoker.  I have nothing against any other brands but the Yoder is made here in the USA and it seems like the guys (and gal) that work there are great to deal with.  One thing that I learned from reading the forums was people seemed to "regret" starting with a cheaper unit and eventually they bought a better unit anyway.  It seemed like the best thing was to jump in with both feet and get a little higher end unit up front, now I just have to use it enought to justify spending so much :)    I went back and forth between the 480 and the 640 for a bit and finally settled on the 640 since it was not a huge price difference.  I did add the second shelf, grill grates, griddle and probe port as well.  According to Yoder I should get my smoker in mid June.  So now I am just trying to read a bunch and get ready to start using it when it gets here.


Thats all I have for now.  It seems like most, if not all, of my questions have been answered using the search function here. 


Thanks again,



post #2 of 9

Welcome aboard Adam... you picked a fine forum to talk and learn Q!    Friendly helpful folks around here for sure.

post #3 of 9

Welcome to SMF and x2 on what FWIsmoker said.

post #4 of 9
Hi Adam! welcome1.gif to SMF!!! We're happy you found us! You've come to the right place, we have over 50,000 members who just love to share their experience and over 900,000 posts describing it!

The search bar at the top can be your best friend when you are trying to find answers to your questions but you can still ask too if you want!

Would you do us a favor and add your location to your profile, it helps others to know where you are when they offer advice, Thanks!

You might want to check out Jeff's Free 5 day E-Course, it will teach you all the basics plus a whole lot more!
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welcome1.gifto SMF!  We are so glad you joined us!


If you didn't read the "Terms of Service" notes.....please do.  There are a few things that everyone should know about those pesky little rules before plunging into the forums. http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/a/terms-of-service


If you need any help roaming around the forums....just holler!  Happy to help out!



post #6 of 9

Welcome to the Forums, Adam!  Glad you've joined us.  This is a great place to learn and share ideas on our favorite pastime...smoking and grilling great food!  Just ask any time you need help, and you'll get plenty! 


Congrats on the new Yoder!  Those are real nice pits and I'm sure you'll love it.  Be sure to surf through the pellet smoker forum for plenty of great information, and join our pellet smoker owners' group if you'd like!



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Glad you joined us Adam, welcome1.gif from North Dakota!
Congrats on the Yoder YS640, wife and I have the same grill and your going to love it!
post #8 of 9

Welcome to the Family Yoder. yor are going to be beaming with pleasuer with the new Smoker.


You'll develope O.S.D. in no time and be Trolling Meat Mkts. like a stalker...


Try not to over saturate the Family to soon , they will come to you soon wanting something. You can then take it to the Moonbiggrin.gif.


Introduce then to Smoked Veggies, Friuts and Desserts , that way they see a variety.icon_idea.gif


Have fun and as always . . .

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the welcome everyone!!


I am looking forward to getting started.  Hey, SeenRed, I  joined the pellet smoker group, thanks for the tip!!



Thanks again all,



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