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Help. Yoder YS640 vs Rec Tec 700

Discussion in 'Pellet Smokers' started by soonerbeachbum, Dec 28, 2018.

  1. Yoder YS640

    13 vote(s)
  2. Rec Tec 700

    4 vote(s)
  1. Howdy everyone I need some help deciding on a pellet smoker. I've been considering purchasing one for awhile now because of the convience of setting and forgetting with a busy schedule. Now I have a newborn and my 4 year old so my time tending my smokers are limited for the next few years so the pellet smoker seems like the perfect solution to my smoking habit. I've been doing a ton of research and for now I've narrowed my decision down to two brands and my price range is roughly $1,800.00 at the max.

    With all that being said I love the Yoder products and durability and the Rec Tec for the 40 lbs hopper and the (from what I've read) smoke flavor the cooker can create it as close to a pit as any pellet smoker can. If they could create a hybrid of the two I'd be sold! Right now I'm leaning towards the YS 640 because of the heavy gauge steel durability and it's made here in the USA vs being made overseas with smaller (cheaper) materials. I'd love to be able to get as close to my pits as possible so maybe I could purchase an smoking tube or something like that to help. Any thoughts, experiences, or opinions would be GREATLY appreciated. Even some more product suggestions if there are any... Thanks y 'all!
  2. texomakid

    texomakid Smoking Fanatic

    I'm biased since I'm a Yoder 640 guy and in all fairness I've never cooked on the Rec Tec 700. I've owned my Yoder since April 2018 and no issues at all (so far). I love the ability to sear with the sear plates and the addition of the Rotisserie recently really makes this cooker very versatile. I'm guessing you can't go wrong either way you choose.
  3. sandyut

    sandyut Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    not sure if you made a buy yet. I went rec tec RT700 and have no regrets. Love it! wifi controller is super cool, cooks like a champ in all temps too. im in SLC and made a Christmas brisket in cold temps no problem - best one I ever made.
  4. Mikejmartino

    Mikejmartino Newbie

    I have had a Rectec 640 for three years. My new Yoder YS640s with the Competition Cart just shipped today. I just cant take all the problems I have had with the Rectec. A buddy of mine has had his Yoder since 2015 with 0 problems. I'm on my second wifi controller. (I upgraded), second ignitor and the powder coat is peeling. Rectec sends you Rust-Oleum and tells you to scrape and sand.
    Who knows, maybe the Yoder will be terrible but the Rectec and their customer service is not good.