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?
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.
Grill direct. This is done by building a charcoal fire directly below the cooking grates and grill directly over the coals. A grill grate is provided for the firebox and an optional charcoal grate can be added to convert the cooking chamber to a direct grill.
Grill indirectly. This is accomplished by building a fire in the firebox and running the dampers toward the open position. This creates an excellent indirect grilling area on the firebox half of the cooking chamber.
Smoking. This technique is accomplished just like indirect grilling except that the temperature is held at or below 135 °C.
HOW DO YOU KEEP THE HEAT AND SMOKE IN THE PIT?
All Yoder Smoker offset pits are fully welded, no stitch welding around the doors. In addition the cooking chamber door is strapped with 6.35mm x 25mm material and is fully welded to the door further reducing leakage around the door.
ARE THE COOKING AND THE CHARCOAL/WOOD GRATES REMOVEABLE?
All grates are removeable
HOW DOES THE HEAT MANAGEMENT PLATE WORK?
The heat management plate installs against the common wall of the firebox and the cooking chamber. The design forces the heat and smoke to enter the pit under the plate and is then released incrementally as it travels across the pit. This design reduces the side to side temperature variance by more than half.
WHAT TYPE OF WOOD SHOULD I USE?
Wood selection is a matter of taste so we have included some basic guidelines to help in your selection. A wood that is going to be used should be either fruit or nut bearing. Typical smoking woods include apple, cherry, oak, pecan, hickory and mesquite. The fruit woods produce a mild flavor with a slightly sweet finish. The oaks and other hard woods produce a heartier smoke flavor, while pecan can end with a hint of sweet the other hard woods do not. Besides flavor, wood will also influence the color of the meat, for instance, some pitmasters like to mix cherry and pecan which produces a cherry like color on the bark and a robust smoke flavor with a slightly sweet finish. The list isn’t all inclusive; certainly numerous other fruit woods are excellent choices as well.
HOW DO I BUILD THE FIRE?
Begin with the firebox lid, main damper and chimney damper in the open position, this will increase airflow and speed up the fire building process. Most offset cooks start with a charcoal base. Once you have a hot bed of charcoal close the lid and place two pieces of wood onto the coal base. As the wood reduces to coal close both dampers to the halfway position to allow the pit temperature to begin to rise. Once the pit stabilizes at the desired temperature, add one piece of wood and the meat.
HOW OFTEN DO I MAINTAIN MY FIRE?
Expect to add one split log to the fire every hour or so. The key to excellent color and a savory smoke infused flavor is running a small hot fire. When the fire is running efficiently you will have a thin light colored smoke coming from the stack. NOTE: a heavy white smoke indicates that you are smoldering, not efficiently burning the wood. This will put a dark color and a harsh taste on your meat.
HOW DO I CONTROL TEMPERATURE?
Once the pit is stabilized and up to the desired temperature, pit temp is controlled by the amount of fuel you add at any given time and the position of the primary damper on the firebox.
HOW DO I SEASON A NEW PIT?
Build a fire in the firebox utilizing any smoking wood, run the unit at 120+ degrees for 3 to 5 hours. The pit is seasoned and ready to cook on when a thin black sheen has developed on the interior surfaces.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HEAT UP?
It typically takes 45 minutes to get a coal bed built and for the steel in the pit to come up to the desired cooking temperature. Once this happens the pit is ready to cook on.
WHAT ABOUT TEMPERATURE EVENNESS?
A traditional low and slow offset pit runs hotter at the firebox end and cooler at the chimney end. This is one of the offset’s greatest strengths; the heat is progressive from end to end and is predictable from cook to cook. This lends itself perfectly to cooking different cuts of meat at the same time. Want to load the pit up with briskets or butts? Drop the Heat Management Plate into position and the temperature becomes fairly even from end to end.
HOW DO I CLEAN THE FIREBOX?
Each pit is delivered with an ash clean-out tool that is shaped to quickly and easily remove the ash from the firebox.
HOW DO I CLEAN THE INSIDE OF THE PIT?
Start by disassembling the pit, vacuum the body, use a thin knife to remove any buildup and finish by wiping with a citrus based cleaner.
CAN I COOK IN THE WINTER?
You can successfully cook on a Yoder Smoker in any weather condition.
HOW LONG WILL THE SMOKER LAST?
That’s the easy one, for a lifetime, guaranteed.
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