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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL FAQ

CAN YODER SMOKERS BE USED IN RESTAURANTS?​     
Absolutely!  Many restaurants are using Yoder Smokers for their professional results, high quality, and unique image.  Pellet grills, charcoal grills, or offset smokers can all be used in restaurants, either in the kitchen or outside.  Contact Us to help you find the best solution.
 
WHAT IS A PELLET GRILL?​     
Pellet grills are a revolutionary new way of cooking outdoors.  They allow you to set the desired temperature and cook with a wood fire just as easily as using a gas grill, but with much better flavor.  You can grill, bake, or smoke low&slow just by filling the grill with wood pellets and pressing the Start button.
 
WHAT ABOUT THE VOLTAGE AND PLUG ON MY PELLET GRILL?  WILL IT WORK IN EUROPE?     
Yes, all pellet grills are specially produced by Yoder for European voltage and frequency, and to meet CE standards.  You will be supplied a standard EU plug (or UK), so you can simply plug your grill into the wall and start cooking!
 
WHERE CAN I BUY WOOD PELLETS FOR MY GRILL?     
Pellet grills require 100% hardwood pellets such as oak, apple, cherry, etc.  These are available from us as well as other BBQ stores throughout Europe.  Since pellet grills are becoming more and more popular, pellets are becoming common.
 
WHAT IS AN OFFSET SMOKER?     
Wood offset smokers are a traditional Texas-style smoker that cooks food indirectly with heat and smoke.  A firebox is “offset” from the main cooking chamber so that the food is not in contact with the fire.  This results in slow cooking with a great smokey flavor and an end result that is absolutely fantastic.
 
WHY ARE THE PRICES HIGHER THAN SOME OTHER BRANDS I SEE?     
There is a wide range of grills and smokers available, with a huge variation in price and quality.  Yoder Smokers are among the very top quality, all handmade for BBQrs, by BBQrs.  There is no comparison to the cheap and thin BBQs that you will find at DIY stores and garden centers.  The thick, fully welded steel of Yoder Smokers ensures perfect heat retention and smoke distribution, an extremely long life, and the very best results.  The price reflects the quality, which is immediately apparent when you taste the food prepared on a Yoder.  This is the very best that you can get.

PELLET GRILL FAQ

 

Absolutely!  Yoder Smokers are one of the few pellet grills that can achieve high enough temperatures to sear a steak.  Put a professional crust on your steak by grilling in the default mode, with the optional Direct Grilling Kit, or directly over the flame!

WHAT IS THE PELLET CONSUMPTION?
Pellet consumption ranges from 0.5 – 2 kg per hour depending on the cooking temperature and environment.  One 9kg bag of pellets will last up to 15 hours depending on the cooking and ambient temperatures.  For standard low&slow BBQ (115 deg C), the pellet consumption averages about 0.75 kg / hour.

CAN I USE NORMAL HEATING PELLETS IN THE GRILL?
Do not be tempted to use standard heating-grade pellets in your grill!  Pellet grills burn 100% natural hardwood, which results in a clean, natural smoke. Heating pellets are made from softwoods, such as pine, which contain bitter resins that will coat your meat as well as your grill and firebox.  This can damage the grill or at best reduce the lifespan significantly.  In addition, heating pellets can also contain glues and other toxins that will be exposed to the meat.

HOW DO I CLEAN THE ASH AFTER BURNING THE PELLETS?
Yoder pellet grills are extremely efficient!  After burning an entire bag of pellets, you will be left with only a small cup of ash!  So the firebox only needs to be cleaned after every few cooks.  The easiest way to clean out the ash is to just use an ash vac or other similar vacuum.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE YS480 AND THE YS640?
There are two differences between the YS480 and the YS640. The first is size. The cooking surfaces are 33% larger on the YS640. The second difference is the addition of the Variable Displacement Damper (VDD) in the YS640 for 2-zone cooking.

WHAT ARE THE COOKING GRATES MADE OF?
The main cooking grates are constructed of 6mm steel bar with a chrome finish.  The 2nd shelves are expanded steel.

ARE THE FRONT AND SIDE SHELVES INCLUDED?
Yes.  The front and side shelves are constructed from steel bar with a chrome surface.  The YS640 Comp Cart and YS1500 have heavy-duty stainless steel shelves.

WHAT IS THE PELLET HOPPER CAPACITY?
9kg

WHAT IS THE TEMPERATURE RANGE?
150 to 600 degrees F (65 to 315 degrees C).  Over 700 degrees F (370 C) with the Direct Grill Kit.

HOW DO YOU CONTROL THE TEMPERATURE?
The temperature is digitally controlled in 5 deg F or C increments.  The new ACS models can be controlled either manually on the display, or through iOS or Android apps by Bluetooth or Wifi.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAT UP?
The heat up period for direct grilling is 10-15 minutes. The heat up period for indirect cooking is 20-30 minutes.

WHERE IS THE FIREBOX LOCATED?
On the left side of the pit.  Airflow is less volatile from left to right (firebox to chimney) than a center-mounted firebox, so the placement significantly reduces the hot spots in the corners and in the front and back edges of the cooker which allows the cook to utilize more of the cooking area.

HOW DOES THE VARIABLE DISPLACEMENT DAMPER (VDD) WORK?
When the YS640 is setup traditionally (heat diffuser in place) the Variable Displacement Damper allows some additional temperature control. With the damper pushed all of the way in, the left half of the grill will run hotter, when positioned all the way out (open) the right end of the grill will run hotter. With the damper pushed in about 10cm the grate surface will cook evenly, which creates the ideal environment for slow cooking similar cuts of meat. With the direct grill kit in place it is recommended to open the damper all the way to allow the heat to develop across the entire cooking surface.

DOES THE PELLET AUGER EVER JAM?
Yoder pellet grills have a short, powerful auger that does not jam unlike other pellet grills on the market.

HOW DO I CLEAN THE INSIDE OF THE PIT?
Start by removing the grill grates and diffuser plate, vacuum the body, use a thin knife to remove any buildup and finish by wiping with a natural cleaner.

WHAT KIND OF PAINT IS USED ON YODER PELLET GRILLS?
Yoder Smokers are painted with a satin black high temperature stove paint.  If your grill gets scratched or chipped during use, it is quick and simple to repair unlike other grill surfaces.  After 5-10 years of heavy use, it is still possible to repaint your grill and have it looking like the day it came from the factory!

WHAT IS THE POWER CONSUMPTION?
350W during the first 5 minutes while the igniter is lighting the pellets, and 50W thereafter.

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