Quality, Versatile Cooker
on July 12, 2011
I've owned the YS-640 for several months now and I'm still impressed by the versatility of this pit. This is hands down the best built pellet grill on the market. It consistently produces quality slow smoked, baked, and grilled food.
on February 02, 2012
We have owned the YS640 just under a month but have used this grill/smoker a dozen times now. Keeps the temps up great even when it is snowing and blowing and 20 below zero windchill!! The food has been amazing and I will highly recommend this grill to family and friends! Happy Smoking :)
Yoder YS640 pellet grill
on March 16, 2012
How do you figure value in a pellet grill?
Is it customization? I called before I order my YS640 and told them I wanted my grill grates made out of expanded stainless steel, and a few other small things done to "personalize" my grill so it was just the way I wanted it. "No problem. The added materials will cost extra, and shipment will a week so we can fabricate your grates." Try getting that with a Chinese import!
Is it versatility? I have smoked, grilled and baked in this unit. The sliding heat deflector allows you to even out the temperatures from side to side. Or, create a two temperature cooking zone for different types of food. I have gotten temps as low as 145* and as high as 505*...and cook just about anything with that flexibility.
Is it size? With the optional top grill grate. the cooking surface area is 1070 sq. inches. I filled mine up once....that's a lot of food!
Is it customer support? I ordered a grill cover(made by a outside vendor in Kansas as well) for my YS640. It ended up with a small leak. I called Don, and by the end of the week I had a brand new one. Also, I was getting ready for my first cook on my brand new YS640, and I invited the whole family over for baby back ribs. I called Joe, and he talked with me on the phone for 20 minutes explaining how the grill worked, what temp to set the pit at, when to rotate the ribs and even which ribs will need to be rotated. Joe was spot on! Best ribs I have ever had!!!
Is it food quality? All of my foods are the best I have ever grilled. The ribs are nearly falling off of the bone, yet still moist! In the past, if I tried to get them to that point, they would have been very dry. All of my meats have been moist with a lightly smoked flavor. My breads perfectly crusted on the outside, moist inside with a perfect crust!
In my opinion, the YS640 pellet grill is the best value on the market...hands down!
Everyone needs a YS Pellet Grill
on April 18, 2012
This is an amazing grill. I use it 2-3 time a week, no troubles after owning it for for 17 months. The customer service is unbelievable. They came from Wichita to Winfield to pick my grill up and make the necesarry updates at no charge to me. I use it from grilling steaks to smoking for 16 hrs at a time. I'm looking at getting the steak grilling grates but still wondering why because the steaks are great with the expanded metal grates. I recommend not only this grill but the company and the people with it becasue they stand behind everthing ablout this grill. You will not find this with treager, louisiana, green mountain etc. They might be cheaper, however; I wise man once told me, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!
YS 640 PELLT GRILLE
on December 18, 2012
I had an American made Traeger for 6 years and after it rusted out I was looking something built for the long haul. The YS 640 is it. Built like a tank it will hold up for years and the extra steel helps retain the heat. Temperature control is spot on and recoverey after opening the lid is amazing. I thoroughly researched all my options and I could not be happier. I cooked steaks the other night in 40 degree weather and had no issues whatsoever. The grille grates are a must and leave beautiful lines. Before you buy anything else, investigate what the other cookers are made of. There really is no comparison.
New YS 640 Owner
on December 26, 2012
I am a pellet grill newby and a recent convert from the backyard charcoal grill to the Yoder YS640. After a ton of research on pellet grills, I jumped in the deep end with this grill and have won raving Family fans after four grilling adventures. I have never cook ribs...tried three racks using a special rub and several ours on the Yoder...and my wife who isn't fond of ribs was eating the left overs the next day! This grill is easy to use and creates fantastic tasting food. My only regret is that I didn't purchase the grill a lot sooner.
Yoder YS640 Awesome Smoker
on February 04, 2013
Best customer service around. Purchased in July of 2011. Many hours of smoking and cooking Steaks, Bacon, Baked Beans, and Pizza. Chicken to Pork. My Gas grill doesn't get used. They called and said the smoker needed a software update. They gave it a tune up and there was no charge. Awesome company.
Great smoker. Even better customer service!
on March 30, 2013
My new YS640 had an issue with the ignitor, but after contacting the retail store Don,the owner, contacted me personally to resolve the problem. Not only was I given a replacement ignitor the same day, Don brought it to my front door! That is above and beyond in my book. I've been bragging on my Yoder Smoker every chance I get!
The best that money can buy
on June 19, 2013
This smoker is one totally awesome product. It is more that just a smoker, it is a true convection oven, we have baked bread in it! As for being able to hold the temp for low and slow, wonderful. The beef that I smoked was delectable. I just this week smoked 10 venison loins at the same time; it took 1 hour for the most tender, delicious venison I have ever tasted!
I have yet to have any problems with my smoker, other that what I caused for myself. Please follow the instructions on covering the heat diffuser plate with aluminium foil. When fat from the meats that you are cooking (mine was chicken) it will cook right there, and is difficult to get off. When you follow instuctions, this cooker is a dream come true.
on November 23, 2013
I got my YS640 for a combination Father's Day/ Birthday gift in May of '13 and in the 6 months I've had it regardless of whether it's grilling or smoking beef, pork or chicken the results have been outstanding. I can hardly wait to break out the turkeys for the Holiday meals. The direct grilling grates leave a steak with beautiful grill marks and the use of the fruit wood pellets along with quality steaks have made for some incomparable meals. As for quality of the smoker itself, I have sons-in-law that are already jockeying for position to try to be the next to have the YS640 after my demise - - - and we're figuring that won't be for at least 20-30 years!
Best pellet cookers on the market
on February 26, 2014
I picked my 640 in 2011 and after all this time, I have to say it is far and a away the best built most reliable pellet cooker I have ever used. This cooker has helped my win numerous awards on the KCBS circuit and rapidly became my favorite brisket cooker.
Like all of the Yoder line, the 640 is built to last and is a much more rugged cooker than other pellet cookers. From the thick gauge steel body, to the massive pellet a, to the expanded metal grates, this cooker should last you a lifetime.
The control panel is simple, uncomplicated and easy to use, no codes of crazy steps to remember. Turn the switch on, set the temp once it lights and you are ready to go.On the outside the controls may look simple but behind the scenes it is working to constantly monitor feed rates and temperatures to lock into your set temperature as close as possible. The longer you cook the smaller the adjustments , making this one of he most consistent cookers on the market.
In true Yoder fashion the 640 is not a fancy cooker with lots of shiny things, bells and whistles. Don't mistake that for poor craftsmanship, the Ypders are all built to the highest quality standards. They just happen to be more muscle car than sports car. Big, bad ass, built to last American muscle car that will blow the doors off the competition on your back deck or on the comp trail
What a deal!!!
on February 27, 2014
Ever since my visit(s) to All Things BBQ in Wichita, my heart has belonged to the Yoder Smokers. Guess what my wife got me for Christmas? A YS640!! I could not be happier! I have only used it a couple of times since then, but in my eyes it has already paid for itself. I had researched many comparable size smokers, and guess what - they really are not comparable. The smoker started first time, quickly, and heated up well. I did ribs as my first foray and they were as perfect as my meager talents could get them. The fact that this smoker weighs in at almost 360 pounds speaks volumes as to how well built and how heavy gauge the metal is( something severely lacking in most other smokers). I had the extra shelf put in and the cooking space is easily double what I had seen in other smokers about the same dimensions. Hats off to All Things BBQ for the high quality Yoder smokers they so proudly distribute!!
YS640 Pellet Grill
on March 08, 2014
I've been a stick burner all my life and I've cooked on a Pitts and Spitts smoker for decades. I was looking for a new grill to cook steaks and decided on the YS640 pellet grill. I've owned it for a little over 2 months now. We've been really pleased w/ the steaks, fish and other meats that we've cooked on it. I've already recommended this grill to several friends and family members. The workmanship and the quality of the materials that goes into this cooker is outstanding. The customer service provided by Don and Kathy and their team is exceptional. You cannot go wrong w/ this pellet grill.
on March 09, 2014
this is the best smoker/grill ive ever had. i will not go back to a stick burner, the smoker is so well built im really amazed at the Qualty.
Great service & quality - New YS640 owner
on March 15, 2014
I just love my YS640. It was delivered on 3/11/14 and move to my deck today 3/15. After the first burn and then the coating with oil, I did bacon for 2.5 hours and finishing up with chicken. I have had this thing at 350*, 225* and back up to 350* and it hold temps so well. Don Cary was awesome to deal with and can't wait to get to more smoking!
Thinking Traeger? Think again if so....
on April 07, 2014
I purchased my unit new this last weekend, 4/5/2014, and had the privilege of working with the owner directly. Extremely polite and informative gentleman who is straightforward and wants you to buy what you think is best. He was not pushy at all and doesn't need to be. The product sells itself. I have a friend who has a Traeger and I have grilled/smoked with him on several occasions. There is a reason this grill weighs significantly more than the Traeger and why this website shows 19 pictures and Traegers website only shows 3. If you are truly going to invest this amount of money in a grill, please make sure you are completely happy with your investment by purchasing this Yoder grill.
The workhorse of the fleet and my favorite Birthday present ever
on August 03, 2014
Pellet grills have a couple of very distinct advantages and disadvantages. The best can hold a constant temperature more or less indefinitely, provide even smoke at low temps, cook w/o smoke at high temps, make it possible to evenly cook several different meats and do a good job at two zone cooking. The Yoder excels at these. It is built like a tank, easy to use and I love it. I post my pics at yanbbqb.blogspot.com I absolutely love it. One drawback for some pellet grills is the inability to reach high temps and sear. With the GrillGrates I have reached almost 600F and can sear with the best of them. Drawbacks. Well, it is a bit tricky to clean, but I guess I am keeping it cleaner than I did my previous grills! The wheels that come with the 640 aren't very impressive. If you are going to move it (I don't) either retrofit better wheels of get the competition cart...
Best Cooker, best customer service
on September 08, 2014
My wife and I were one of the first buyers of the YS640 in 2010. We had owned a couple of gas grills that, of course, eventually rust out. My wife saw the YS640 at the Kansas State Fair and called me and said that I HAD to look at this smoker! At first, the smoker had many problems--inaccurate temps, huge swings in temps, etc. Don and Joe kept working on the problems and installing updates--never charging us for updates or service calls. Finally, in about March of 2011, they installed the update that really was the solution. Since then, the YS640 has been a consistent workhorse that does everything as advertised. Built like a tank. built to last. Don and his staff stuck by his product and by his customers. In this day and age, customer service is uncommon. By the way, I thought the YS480 would have been big enough, but my wife said, "our family isn't getting smaller,".....I'm very glad we got the 640 and the second shelf. I have needed it many times. Thanks, Don.
Best Customer Service.....
on February 05, 2015
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!~
Almost idiot proof
on March 14, 2015
I say almost idiot proof because I still make stupid mistakes when I'm cooking and I like to blame it on the pellet grill once in a while. The unit is extremely easy to use for a novice such as myself. I just fill the hopper with my favorite wood pellets, set the temperature and add my food. I have owned this unit a little over a year and everything from the first burger I cooked until the smoked pork chops I just had for dinner has turned out really, really well. I find myself wanting to either smoke or direct grill everything. We have cooked pizza, turkey breasts, tri-tips, pork butts, burgers, salmon, cookies, brownies, chicken wings, drum sticks, pork chops, ribs, cornbread, vegetables, meatloaf and many other things. Nobody ever complains. LOL I have used it in all types of weather all year long. Once I learned how to use the damper (didn't take long) the heat stays where I want it and remains relatively stable even on the coldest days. I would buy this unit again and I would recommend it to others.
4.5 stars, a really great smoker
on June 20, 2015
I have owned my YS640 for about 9 months now. Before I bought this I researched smokers/grills for about 2 years because I had very little experience with them & cooking in general. With the help of a few good websites I have produced some great food. There is a ton of room to cook on & the heat stays pretty much where you want it. Only a few issues I have had is that where the stack mounts to the side of the grill it drips. Where the counterweight contacts the back of the smoker it has worn off the paint & it now rusting. There are a few other spots where it is also rusting with no apparent contact with other objects. I ordered mine with a door thermometer. There is a mark on the probe that states it has to be in the heat zone to read accurately, but the fitting YS uses to mount the thermometer does not let that mark into the body of the smoker by about 1/2" so I am not convinced I am seeing an accurate temp. I will fix myself by welding a 1/2" NPT fitting into the inside of the door & thread the thermometer directly into it. I did have a scratch on mine from the shipper & when I called about it I was sent a can of matching high temp paint very quickly. I also installed a probe port myself which is a nice thing to have if you have a internal temp probe. One thing that I like the most about this smoker is it is heavy. You can tell that this thing was built to last, only thing I may do if the rust gets too bad is take it apart & have it powder coated.
on June 27, 2015
I did a lot looking around at pellet smokers before buying the ys 640. This thing is amazing! I have been cooking BBQ for about 15 years. I owned a Gator pit entertainer which is made in Houston Texas (stick burning pit) and I currently own a $25,000 Ole Hickory Pit EL-EDX which can cook 700 lbs of BBQ at once. I wanted something smaller to cook for family. The ys 640 turns out PERFECT Q every time! The amount of smoke is just right. Plenty of smoke flavor without over smoking which is very easy to do in my other pit. This is an EXCELENT product which I strongly recommend.