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!