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Going to look at a new YS640S in a few minutes

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  • Big Easy
    Club Member
    • Mar 2017
    • 44

    Going to look at a new YS640S in a few minutes

    I was about to purchase a Traeger Ironwood 885 when I began reading Traeger reviews here at Amazingribs.com. Everyone talked about how well they worked except for one small point: no smoke flavor.
    People talked about using t smoke tube (I have one) from A-MAZE-N in the grill to increase the smoke flavor. Sorry, but if I need to buy a $20 item to make a $1,500 smoker actually do its job, I'm gonna pass on the $1,500 item.

    So...I did a web search for a local Yoder dealer. Lo and behold, there is one just 2 miles from my house. I emailed them, and they have the YS640S with WiFi in stock. Guess where I am going this afternoon?
  • DeusDingo
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 1141
    • Madison, WI
    • Weber Q320 grill
      Masterbuilt Propane Smoker
      Maverick and thermo Pen thermometers

    to buy me ice cream?


    • BFlynn
      Charter Member
      • Oct 2014
      • 849
      • Third Coast

      Pics or it didn't happen


      • jlazar
        Charter Member
        • Oct 2014
        • 648
        • San Antonio
        • Backwoods Chubby G2
          Weber 22" Master-Touch GBS Kettle
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          Foodsaver V4880

        Good Luck. The 640 is worth the difference in price.


        • ofelles
          Club Member
          • Jun 2018
          • 2079
          • 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

          I have the pre S model and love it. I assume you know that pellet smokers put out less smoke flavor than stick burners, it's their nature. I am happy with the flavor form my Yoder and sometimes add the tube to enhance a shorter cooks flavor.
          Good luck on your inquiry.


          • Big Easy
            Club Member
            • Mar 2017
            • 44

            Purchased. I think it's more of a tank than a smoker...
            It will be delivered tomorrow morning.


            Pics to follow!
            Last edited by Big Easy; June 11, 2020, 01:50 PM.


            • ofelles
              ofelles commented
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              It's a tank and a smoker. Did you get a comp cart ? 2 door difuser and grill grates?
              Last edited by ofelles; June 11, 2020, 05:10 PM.

            • TJMagneto
              TJMagneto commented
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              Congratulations! Mine will be showing up next week. It's being pulled by oxcart from Kansas to California.

            • zero_credit
              zero_credit commented
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              Congrats on the purchase!!
          • lostclusters
            Club Member
            • Jul 2017
            • 339
            • Oceanside, CA
            • Mak 1 Star
              Char-Griller Legacy Charcoal Grill w/Side Firebox
              WSM 22.5"
              ThermoWorks Smoke
              ThermoWorks Thermapen
              Rock's Stoker II wifi
              Flameboss 500

            I am curious to see what you think of your first cook


            • BBQPhil
              Club Member
              • Sep 2017
              • 220
              • San Diego, CA
              • Yoder480, BGE, WeberGO, WeberGas

              I've had a pre S 480 and love it. Reliable and does a great job w brisket, ribs, and even sears steak with the optional baffle and grill grates. Use it 3-4 times a week. The one precaution is to keep it clean and coat the outside with vegetable oil as it easily shows rust. But the touch up paint restores it to like new. And I like that it shows use. I would buy one again because it's more robust than anything else out there I've seen, and I did a lot of looking.


              • Donw
                Club Member
                • Jul 2017
                • 3121

                Congratulations. As a 640 owner too I know you are going to love if. As they say, “Built like a tank.” Now you just have to decide who gets it in your will.🙂


                • zero_credit
                  Club Member
                  • Mar 2020
                  • 312
                  • Near Chicago, IL
                  • Current Pride and Joy:

                    Masterbuilt Gravity 560

                    Old (sold) Loves:

                    Weber 22" Premium



                    Preferred Charcoal:

                    B&B Charlogs

                  I am curious. Both the Treager and Yoder are pellet grills so I would expect a lack of smoke taste in both. What makes the Yoder so much better at smoke flavor?


                  • jerrybell
                    jerrybell commented
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                    I have the same question.
                • Henrik
                  Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
                  • Jul 2014
                  • 4335
                  • Stockholm, Sweden

                  I don’t know the price difference (I’m outside the US), but the Yoder IS a tank. It’s gonna outlast 3 Traegers easily. Look forward to seeing your first cooks, congrats!


                  • mountainsmoker
                    Banned Former Member
                    • Jun 2019
                    • 1850
                    • Bryson City, NC

                    Looks like the 640 has enough adjustments to make some great meals.


                    • hogdog6
                      Charter Member
                      • Dec 2014
                      • 568
                      • Liberty, Utah

                      I too have the pre S480. Use it at least 3 times a week.


                      • Big Easy
                        Club Member
                        • Mar 2017
                        • 44

                        Originally posted by zero_credit View Post
                        I am curious. Both the Treager and Yoder are pellet grills so I would expect a lack of smoke taste in both. What makes the Yoder so much better at smoke flavor?
                        Every review that tried to explain it said it had to do with the internal air flow.
                        All I can tell you is that the butt was plenty smokey, and it had a beautiful smoke ring.


                        • zero_credit
                          zero_credit commented
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                          Cool! Learn something new every day!



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