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  • bten
    Club Member
    • Apr 2017
    • 405
    • Richmond, Tx
    • Delta Heat 32" Gas Grill on Cart
      Yoder YS-640 on Comp Cart
      Camp Chef SmokePro SE pellet grill - Sold
      LSU Purple Thermapen MK4
      Maverick Et-732
      Griddle grate
      Boiling and turkey fryer pots and burners

    #31
    Made a lot of progress this morning. Putting it back together once it was on the cart was a lot easier. I started by cleaning the area in the corners of the firepot. Having a good high temp silicone seal is critical:

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    The bad thing is that Yoder states that it has to set for 24 hrs before lighting the pot. Maybe I will get to fire it up tomorrow.

    I probably read 90% of the posts on the internet. There were a couple of things that I picked up that I took care of during this cleanup.

    One of them was to put some high temp silicone on the lid behind the ledge at the bottom, see the area in the black square:

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    while this is upside down and inside the lid, what this does is direct any condensation to the inside of the grill and keep it from going down the front. (if you need more information, let me know).

    The next thing I did was to install a gasket around the lid. Yoder started doing this after my grill was built. They do, however sell a kit (~$17) that include shims for the upper hinge on the door, and the gasket material. It also included longer screws. The kit and shims fit perfectly. I wasn't that worried about smoke coming from the sides of the doors, the gasket prevents metal to metal contact, and this has been an area where the Yoder would easily get chipped paint.

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    Another idea I read about was to put some of this gasket material on the back of the counterweight where it normally contacts the pit. There was a little left over from the gasket kit so I used it there:

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    I still have some work to clean up the second shelf and seasoning, but it is almost finished:

    Lid closed:

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    Lid Open:

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    I am glad it is done, it was a lot of work, but I feel it was worth it. I like the idea of recovering something and bringing it back to life!





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    • CandySueQ
      CandySueQ commented
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      I am so stealing the counterweight pad! My Yoder Cimarron hits my logo every time opened. Thanks bunches for sharing bten!

    • JimLinebarger
      JimLinebarger commented
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      Absolutely fantastic!

    • gcdmd
      gcdmd commented
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      I can relate to that, being an antique car nut.
  • Sweaty Paul
    Founding Member
    • Aug 2014
    • 1358
    • Hays, KS
    • Green Mountain Grill - Jim Bowie
      (I've never regretted having too much grate space).

      Weber Genesis Gas grill
      Weber Kettle grills x 2

    #32
    Really well done!

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    • SammyJ
      Club Member
      • Oct 2015
      • 73
      • Summerville
      • http://patio-q.comYoder YS640, Tappecue Touch. Blessed with a screened in covered patio to cook in!

      #33
      Awesome, Just awesome. Having done the same thing, I saw some ideas I can use. My profile picture was purchased used, sand blasted and painted. A labor of love.

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      • bten
        Club Member
        • Apr 2017
        • 405
        • Richmond, Tx
        • Delta Heat 32" Gas Grill on Cart
          Yoder YS-640 on Comp Cart
          Camp Chef SmokePro SE pellet grill - Sold
          LSU Purple Thermapen MK4
          Maverick Et-732
          Griddle grate
          Boiling and turkey fryer pots and burners

        #34
        Thanks for all the nice comments

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        • obiQsmoker
          Club Member
          • Jul 2018
          • 150
          • Seattle Area
          • Started this tasty craziness in 2018.
            Using a Traeger Silverton pellet smoker.
            Home is the Seattle area...
            So much to learn, but it’s a helluva fun education!

          #35
          Oh man - nice work. Was fun to follow along - I sense some serious cookin’ about to happen. Enjoy the well-earned fruits of your labor.

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          • bten
            Club Member
            • Apr 2017
            • 405
            • Richmond, Tx
            • Delta Heat 32" Gas Grill on Cart
              Yoder YS-640 on Comp Cart
              Camp Chef SmokePro SE pellet grill - Sold
              LSU Purple Thermapen MK4
              Maverick Et-732
              Griddle grate
              Boiling and turkey fryer pots and burners

            #36
            I have done my first cook after seasoning, time to close out the thread..

            But wait!

            I need to show pics of the food to do it right.

            Here are the ribs done, on the pit:

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            They really came out moist, with a good smoke ring:

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            My first impressions are that the ribs were moist, more so than the the ones I did on my camp chef. I got a good smoke ring, and the ribs were very tender and flavorful. I think there was a bit more smoke flavor as well. I really, really, like having the shelf on the front, to handle the food and wrapping. I did not think it would be a big deal, but it is convenient.

            I like having the extra space.

            I saw some temp swings, but it looks like it is caused by opening the lid more than anything else. The temps did settle down when I left it alone.

            I think I have a winner here. I am happy with the YS-640.

            Now I can close the thread 😁

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            • Spinaker
              Spinaker commented
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              Tremendous job! Thanks for all of this great info. This will help anyone that is looking to do the same. We appreciate it! Enjoy that YS640!!
          • Sweaty Paul
            Founding Member
            • Aug 2014
            • 1358
            • Hays, KS
            • Green Mountain Grill - Jim Bowie
              (I've never regretted having too much grate space).

              Weber Genesis Gas grill
              Weber Kettle grills x 2

            #37
            Great thread. Thanks for sharing

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            • Troutman
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              • Aug 2017
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              #38
              That was a good thread. I read the original part then kind of forgot to follow. Just read through the whole thing. Only question I have is you went to all the trouble of buying new stainless grates for I assume the bottom rack, then you cooked on the expanded metal rack (which I assume is the top rack). Didn't want to mess up your new grates???

              And by the way the ribs look like they turned out really good. For some reason I really like ribs on my pellet pooper, I think it's because the smoke profile is lower and just about right for my taste.

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              • bten
                bten commented
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                I saw that everybody on youtube uses the top grate, so I thought I would try it. And yes, I didn't see any reason to leave them in if I wasn't cooking on them!. I did season them, but am way too lazy to dirty them for no reason....

                I have cooked ribs on my gasser (see my gif), but they never were as good as on my pellet smokers.

              • Sweaty Paul
                Sweaty Paul commented
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                I use the top grate to help keep the heat directly off the meat and give a bit of space when I have the opportunity to make that work. Saves me from having to rotate food as much.

              • CandySueQ
                CandySueQ commented
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                I think it renders more fat out of the ribs to cook them up there. Spraying them every 15 minutes during 2nd hour helps too.
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              #39
              Great thread and job!

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