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Review of my new Yoder smoker/pellet grill


Review of my new Yoder smoker/pellet grill

Old 03-06-2020, 10:27 AM
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Default Review of my new Yoder smoker/pellet grill

I bought a new Yoder 480S (the smallest one) in November. Iíve used it enough to feel qualified to offer a little advice.

Pros Ė

Gets really hot. In the direct grill mode it hits 600.

Can be controlled at the grill or remotely by an app.

Pretty even heat across the cooking surface.

Functional cooking shelf above main grate. Available as full size or half size (see comments below).

Cons Ė

You have to clean the ashes out regularly. But thatís true of all pellet grills.

I donít like it as a smoker as much as I like my old vertical stick burner. But Iíll admit Iím still experimenting. Iíve smoked several hundred pounds of salmon in the stick burner, so maybe itís my level of experience with the new Yoder.

Yoder offers a number of accessories. They can really drive up the price of an already expensive grill. Hereís my take Ė

Half size cooking shelf. I found that the standard full size shelf restricts access to the main grate. I leave the optional half shelf in and have never used the full sized shelf. Maybe if you wanted to cook two briskets at onceÖ.

Solid stainless steel front and side shelves. The grill comes with grate style shelves front and side. The optional units slide over these to make them solid stainless. Unless you think you will have problems with stuff falling through the cracks you donít need them.

Direct grill grates. I got these. They are intended to be used when direct grilling (e.g. steaks) at high heat. I donít know if they are any better than the round bar standard grates. My old Vidalia gas grill had round bars and it cooked perfectly good steaksÖ. Plus you have to swap out the direct grill grates and the standard grates. A messy job. Doesn't sure they are worth the $$$ or the effort.

Direct grill grate tool. Donít bother. It doesnít do much.

Cover. My condo requires that grills be covered so I didnít have a choice.

2 piece heat diffuser with access door. The standard grill has a one piece heat diffuser that runs the whole length of the cooking surface. In order to use high heat direct grilling you have to remove the standard diffuser. If you heat above some temperature (450?) it may warp. Removing it for direct grilling then putting it back is a messy operation. The optional diffuser has a removable access panel about 15Ē square. You remove it for direct grilling and leave the diffuser in place. Much easier and cleaner. Worth buying Ė I just leave the optional diffuser in place all the time. Yoder should just furnish this as the standard diffuser.

Thermal insulating jacket. Intended for cooking and smoking in very cold outside temps. I didnít get this.

Door thermometers. The grill comes standard with two temp probes with remote readouts. I didnít think I also needed a door thermometer.

Smoking rack, cast iron griddle. I didnít buy.

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