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  • Butchman
    Club Member
    • Mar 2017
    • 513
    • Estero, FL

    Your wife sounds awesome!


    • TJMagneto
      TJMagneto commented
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      We'll see when I actually pull the trigger.
  • glitchy
    Club Member
    • Jul 2019
    • 418
    • Central IA
    • Camp Chef Woodwind WiFi w/Sear Box
      Weber Summit Charcoal
      Oklahoma Joe Highland
      Weber Spirit E-330
      Weber Q100
      Fireboard w/Drive

    Sorry if I missed someone else mentioning it, but don't forget about Pitts & Spitts. If I were looking for a higher end pellet grill again, it would probably be a P&S Maverik or a Mak. Cookshack looks amazing, but I'm not sure I'd like the space limitations on the smoking area. I had a Memphis and it was a quality grill, but has to be kept spotless to avoid grease fires or never cranked up for grilling. As well, it's very unclear if the Pro and Elite are still truly made in the USA.

    Blaz'n and Yoder both look very nice too, especially Yoder with the Fireboard controllers available now. My biggest hesitation with those is the potential upkeep on the paint. I don't want to be sanding and painting on a pellet grill every year. If a little maintenance like that doesn't bother you, both of those looks to be built like tanks.


    • hogdog6
      hogdog6 commented
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      There is some paint maintanence on the Yoder however the paint doesn't peel. To touch it up is very easy. What I like about it is that I cann easily keep it looking brand new. Powder Coat, Stainless, Enamel coated once scratched / chipped its there forever. I'm doing mine this weekend including a good deep clean that all pits should get frequently.

    • TJMagneto
      TJMagneto commented
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      And the Yoders weigh as much as a tank.
  • TJMagneto
    Club Member
    • Mar 2017
    • 156
    • Visalia California

    Trigger pulled and now I wait. I'd say what I bought but I live by the pix or it didn't happen rule. Stay tuned, delivery is looking it's gonna happen in July around the time of my birthday.


    • HouseHomey
      Club Member
      • May 2016
      • 4912
      • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
      • Equipment
        Primo Oval xl

        Slow n Sear (two)
        Drip n Griddle
        22" Weber Kettle
        26" Weber Kettle one touch
        Blackstone 36” Pro Series
        Sous vide machine
        Kitchen Aid
        Meat grinder
        sausage stuffer
        5 Crock Pots
        Two chimneys (was 3 but rivets finally popped, down to 1)
        cast iron pans,
        Dutch ovens
        Signals 4 probe, thermapens, chef alarms, Dots, thermapop and maverick T-732, RTC-600, pro needle and various pocket instareads.
        The help and preferences
        1 extra fridge and a deep chest freezer in the garage
        A 9 year old princess foster child
        Patience and old patio furniture
        "Baby Girl" The cat

        Erik S.

      July?? Seriously, I read this whole thread knowing absolutely nothing about nothing and pellet cookers. I was hooked on your MCS. And now I have to wait.

      I wanna talk to the manager. You should have disclosed we’d have to wait. I still know nothing about nothing and pellet cookers. I do like the sound of the “Flamezone” though. Huskee move his thread again. That’ll teach him.

      I knew I should have started at the end. Oh BTW how much are the tags on that SR-71? Do you have to get a smog check?


      • TJMagneto
        TJMagneto commented
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        Sorry for the delay but I didn't know that until yesterday and I think it will be worth the wait. Regarding the SR the cost of the tags is classified. Smog checks aren't done as the test equipment disappears when the afterburners are lit.

      • HouseHomey
        HouseHomey commented
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        Ha, funny. HawkerXP Got a smog machine that can stand a little heat?

      • HawkerXP
        HawkerXP commented
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        I understand Thermoworks is developing a newer, higher temp probe. TJMagneto It can tell temp, weather you are using enough wood (smog) and what kind of wood. Oh. its also 20 feet long.
    • grantgallagher
      Club Member
      • Feb 2018
      • 953
      • NJ

      well congrats on whatever decision you made. i would have bought the one regardless of where its made that best served me and spent the left over on some seriously primo meats to cook on it, lol.

      I too will be waiting in anticipation.


      • FireMan
        Charter Member
        • Jul 2015
        • 7334
        • Bottom of Winnebago

        Your a man after my own heart, keep em wantin more. It’s fun seein them stew in their seats waitin in anticipation. So what kind did ya get?


        • TJMagneto
          TJMagneto commented
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          Well I got a ... Hey Now!!!
      • TJMagneto
        Club Member
        • Mar 2017
        • 156
        • Visalia California

        Update: Looks like my new pellet pooper is arriving this Friday instead of next month. The sad part is that I probably won't be able to do any cooking until the weekend after Father's Day. Gotta work at the hospital that weekend.


        • mountainsmoker
          mountainsmoker commented
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          You keep us guessing. This is fun. LOL

        • theroc
          theroc commented
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          At least you could appease us by posting some pictures of the box.....
      • TJMagneto
        Club Member
        • Mar 2017
        • 156
        • Visalia California

        No real pix but here's the winner.
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        • fzxdoc
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        • ofelles
          ofelles commented
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          Great choice. You'll love it!

        • hogdog6
          hogdog6 commented
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          Wahoooo. Great choice. Love my Yoder!
          Mines older and I think the igniter is going out but that doesn't effect my opinion one bit. 🔥
          Last edited by hogdog6; June 12th, 2020, 06:49 PM.
      • Dan Deter
        Club Member
        • Jun 2018
        • 389
        • Raleigh, NC
        • Weber Summit S-670
          Thermapen Mk 4

        Good Choice!


        • Mr. Bones
          Birthday Hat Master
          • Sep 2016
          • 8705
          • Kansas Territory
          • Grills / Smokers

            Kingsford 24" grill (Free) 'Billy'
            Brinkmann Smoke n Grill
            Oklahoma Joe Highland, gaskets, LavaLock baffle / tuning plate. 'Big Joe'
            Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
            Weber Smokey Joe ($25 CL) 'Lil' Brother'
            Weber 22.5 Master Touch '93 P Code Blue($85) from fellow WKC member Bmitch 'Elwood'
            Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
            Weber 22.5 OTS DD Code Black ($40 CL) 'DeeDee'
            Weber 22.5 OTS DO Code Black ($15 CL)
            Weber 22.5 OTS E Code Black ($20 CL
            Weber 22.5 OTS EE Code Black ($20 CL

            Weber "C" Code 18.5" WSM '81 ($50 CL) 8-0!!!
            Weber "H" Code 18.5" WSM '86 ($75 CL)
            Weber " " Code 18.5" WSM

            Weber 26.75, $199 NFM clearance !!!
            Weber SJS AH 'Lil' Brother'
            Weber SJS AT 'Lil' Sister'
            Weber SJS DE Code (FREE) 'Lil' Helper'
            Weber SJG M Code 'Lil Traveller'
            Weber SJS AH Code 'Kermit'
            (Lime Green)
            Horizon 20" Classic, w/baffle/tuning plate (FREE)
            Good One Open Range, (FREE), Monthly Prize from AR giveaway!!!!

            Ol' Skool Bi-metal probe pocket thermo, that has checked / served ~ 1,000,000 meals in my possession, easily...
            Maverick ET-732, (Black)
            Thermopops, (Red, Yellow, Green)
            ThermaPen Mk4 (Black), THANKS!!! to jgjeske1
            Blue ThermaPen Mk4
            Orange Thermapen Mk4
            Pink Thermapen Mk4
            ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S
            ThermoWorks Smoke
            ThermoWorks Open Box Smoke
            4 Pro Series cable extensions
            Smoke Gateway

            2 Slow 'N Sears, Slow 'N Sear XL, Grill 'N Griddle
            BBQ Vortex, 2 Hovergrills, Top Deck
            Warming shelf
            MyWeigh KD-8000Kitchen Scale
            Backyard Grill marinade injector
            Acoustic Guitars/Electric Guitars/Basses/1928 National Duolian/Harmonicas/Banjo Washboard, Spoons, kazoos, pocket comb with wax paper, egg shakers ;-)
            Bear Paws
            Meat Rakes
            BBQ Dragon/Chimley of Insanity, Dragon Wing Shelves (x2 ea.)

            Probably a ton of cast iron, mostly very old...still cookin'
            G'Ma's Piqua skillet, :-)( They went out of business in 1934~)
            '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
            60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
            50's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (G'Ma's), for a backup! ;-)
            Carpy Wally World stock pots, in approx 2 gal/3gal sizes, blue speckledty-porcelain enameled
            Tramontina 6.5 qt Dutch Oven

            Cutlery, etc.:
            Shi*-ton of kitchen/chef knives, most sharper than my straight-razors are. (Better steel!) Chicago Cutlery, Old Hickory, various, including some nice German stuff ;-)
            Dexter 12" slicing knife, 6" Sani-Safe boning knife
            Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
            Multiple steels, from all over the planet
            Crock sticks
            Diamond stones, various
            Lansky Sharpening System

            Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
            Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
            Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

          Yoder builds some fine cookers!
          Congrats, Brother!


          • klflowers
            Club Member
            • Sep 2015
            • 2931
            • Tennessee

            Nice. Can you loan me your wife's permission slip for a couple of days?


            • TJMagneto
              TJMagneto commented
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              Probably not gonna happen. Work's put her in a foul mood for the last few weeks. They changed the workflow for the mammography department due to Covington-19 and it is a major FUBAR.

            • klflowers
              klflowers commented
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              TJMagneto work puts me in a foul mood on a regular basis, so I understand. Just thought I would ask, even though it wouldn’t be recognized around here
          • mountainsmoker
            Banned Former Member
            • Jun 2019
            • 1851
            • Bryson City, NC

            Nice the Yoder 640 is a beast.


            • TJMagneto
              Club Member
              • Mar 2017
              • 156
              • Visalia California

              Last post here to make the delivery official. Further stuff will go over to the Yoder channel.
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              • ofelles
                Club Member
                • Jun 2018
                • 1681
                • Brentwood CA
                • Yoder YS640 on Comp cart
                  Klose 20x42 Charcoal Grill
                  LSG Insulated Cabinet
                  Jumbo Joe
                  VacMaster Pro 380 sealer
                  FireBoard and Pit Bull fan
                  Thermoworks Signal
                  Thermoworks Dot
                  Thermopen Mk4

                Exciting!!! Uncrate that sucker, season it and start cooking already


                • TJMagneto
                  TJMagneto commented
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                  Sadly, I'm working this weekend.

                • ofelles
                  ofelles commented
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                  Bummer. Next week then.



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