Pros - Easy to use, awesome food, built like a tank, customer service
Cons - H E A V Y
This is one amazing cooker. I have been cooking on a Weber for years and I am disappointed I haven't bought a Yoder sooner. It can grill a better steak then my Weber and it smokes the best meat I have ever cooked. If you're in the market for a new cooker this is the right decision, no doubt!
Pros - I can "literally" cook food with it, but heck, I can do that in my fire ring in my backyard.
Cons - Lid leaks like a sieve!
I am the unfortunate owner of a YS640, and must say that mine is near junk. It leaks almost more smoke out of the left side of the cover than the smoke stack puts out, which is flipping absurd. Heck, the local Ace is constantly cooking on their Louisiana cookers they sell, and I have yet to see one leak like this thing does, which is embarrassing. I chose Yoder because I could visually see a major difference in the quality between the Louisiana vs the Yoder. Unfortunately one can't tell exactly what the seal is like when it is wrapped, as mine was, and thus all I had to go on was the demo Yoder unit at the reseller, which looked like it had an excellent sealing top cover. Unfortunately mine is nothing like that one. Needless to say, my heat control is shot, quality is in the dumps, and don't get me started on value given this unit's condition. I also purchased a probe port since I cook via a temp probe in all my meats, and God only knows how that is to be installed. They are so lacking in organization, they don't include any directions...just a port probe wrapped in tape in an envelope is all I got? Who knows which direction it is installed in, and it would be nice not to have to guess where to drill.
*Update* - I have since been sent a video, which in the video I noticed a screw that holds the hinge onto the unit. That screw couldn't be more lamely placed, and BINDS the door that hits it when it is shut, which is why the door looks bend and is leaking heat and smoke out the left side of it so much. Yoder wants pictures, so I have to mess with that now. Would have been nice to have someone use their brain when they designed it, and have NOT put a screw in a place that would bind the door? Just slap it together I guess...let the customer sort it out.
Cons - wife wishes it was built in (I know....it can be!)
Many products have a problem at some time in their life. My Yoder 640 was one of those products. Here is what is different. You all know that sinking feeling when you have a problem....and get ready to call customer service. We sort of steel ourselves to be prepared for the response....or actually, lack thereof. NOT AT YODER. After fully explaining my problems to Joey, he and his company completely exceeded my expectations. My customer service experience was world class - rivaling famed LL Bean, Amica Insurance and other. This is old honor. They better be careful though.....this kind of customer service is going to create raving customers and more business!~