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    Deep clean

    doing a deep clean, found firebox seals not in best shape. So I'm going to pull firebox and reseal. Anyone want pictures I'll be glad to post.

    Post em!

    I resealed mine this spring with some high temp silicone, but I still have essentially disappointing results with my Yoder. I don't know what is wrong, and I don't knwo what to do. Too hot at the grates, I get burned stuff on the bottom.


    • Alphonse
      Alphonse commented
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      What temps are you cooking at? Which pit do you have? One with the Fireboard or the older controller?

      I have found my Yoder is best for low and slow cooks. The lower grate is much hotter than the top one. I attribute that to radiant heat off the heat deflector plate. I usually cook long cooks on mine at ~250F. I have been very successful cooking ribs, brisket, butts, pork belly, and the like. I do manage the grease with catch pans on the lower grate.

    • DogFaced PonySoldier
      DogFaced PonySoldier commented
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      I agree that's my biggest complaint - really REALLY wide variance from left ot right and top to bottom. If I have to cook on the top grate and put barriers on the bottom grate, it ends up being half the size. Or less, really. I've learned to adapt a bit and do a LOT of moving things around, but it's a bit annoying. Mine is a 2017 YS480. It's built like a tank, but the temp variability drives me bonkers. Not fluxuations, jst L/R, front/rear and top/bottom. Annoying.

    This is a 2012, upgraded to S model, added compart cart


      Cook Chamber lower, typical rust and crud.

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      Fire Box removed, cleaning the sealing surfaces

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      Used a marker to mark location of fire box.

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      This is the Permatex 81878 Ultra Copper Maximum Temperature RTV Silicone Gasket Maker

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      Used the same sealant to seal up the stack.

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      You can see the wire brush in a drill made.

      Went over the entire inside.

      Yeah, a lot of work, butt I am retired, and have time to do it right.

      More pictures later.


        Pulled from the wall, giver a good hand washing.

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        • saneric38
          saneric38 commented
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          I noticed the vertical pellet smoker in the back. I had problems with my PitBoss vertical until I got an aftermarket control box and mounted it where the cord gets wrapped. I also moved the thermostat to the middle back. Voided warranty, but had no issue after many cooks since the change.
          Last edited by saneric38; September 20, 2021, 10:13 AM.

        • SammyJ
          SammyJ commented
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          Yep, Savanah Stoker top left. Runs real good now.

        This job is completed!!!! got grates and heat deflector back from sandblasting. All coated with Canola Oil, setting at 300F now, will go up by 50 each hours or so. Click image for larger version

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          Looks like new! Great job!



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