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I Did It - I Bought a Yoder

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  • Raven Rock
    Club Member
    • Sep 2020
    • 50
    • Lake Norman, North Carolina

    I Did It - I Bought a Yoder

    Hi folks -
    I just pulled the trigger on the YS640s on the competition cart.
    I'm a back-yard-only cooker but the cart is just too nice to pass up.
    i had my eye on a Memphis grill but once I learned they moved production to China - I started my search once again.

    This is my first smoker of any kind. It gets delivered in about a month.

    I'm moving from southern California to North Carolina next week. Looking forward to cooking some North Carolina style pulled pork and baby backs!

    I'll keep ya'll posted and take a lot of pictures....
  • 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

    Wowee. You got a beaut for your first smoker. Congrats! We want to see pics of your cooks!


    • Raven Rock
      Raven Rock commented
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      Thanks, Zero!
      I'm all over in-process pictures - I'll be sure to post 'em
  • BFlynn
    Charter Member
    • Oct 2014
    • 849
    • Third Coast

    Welcome to the Pit!
    Looking forward to seeing those cooks


    • Raven Rock
      Raven Rock commented
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      Yup - I'll be sure to post pictures!
  • Donw
    Club Member
    • Jul 2017
    • 3121

    Congratulations. Great choice.


    • Raven Rock
      Raven Rock commented
      Editing a comment
      Thanks, DonW
      I agonized over this decision - happy to hear experienced folks think it's a good choice!
  • Mosca
    Charter Member
    • Oct 2014
    • 3481
    • PA
    • Large Big Green Egg, Weber Performer Deluxe, Weber Smokey Joe Silver, Maverick 732, DigiQ, and too much other stuff to mention.

    Oh man that’s great! Looking forward to reading about some great cooks!


    • Raven Rock
      Raven Rock commented
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      I have a learning curve to negotiate but I'm looking forward to it
  • Jfrosty27
    Club Member
    • Mar 2020
    • 863
    • Muskego, WI
    • Current cookers:
      Rec Tec RT700 "Bull" pellet cooker
      Smokin-It model 2 electric smoker w/ Maverick 732 temp monitor and cold smoking kit
      Weber Genesis 3 burner gas grill w/ rotisserie
      Charbroil Grill2Go gas grill
      Weber 22" Performer Deluxe kettle grill w/ThermoPro TP-20S temp monitor
      Weber Smokey Joe
      SnS Deluxe
      The Orion Cooker convection cooker/smoker (two of them)
      Blackstone 17" griddle
      Joule Sous Vide circulator

      Favorite beer: Anything that's cold!
      Favorite cocktail: Bourbon neat

    That’s awesome! Congrats on the new cooker. And good luck with your move. I lived in Charlotte for about 5 years and loved it there. In fact, I got into bbq and smoking meat shortly after moving there. That’s real bbq country!


    • Raven Rock
      Raven Rock commented
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      We're excited about the move and learning all about the local 'que
  • scottranda
    Charter Member
    • May 2015
    • 1743
    • Charlotte, NC

    Welcome from Charlotte!! I’ll taste test your BBQ anytime!


    • Raven Rock
      Raven Rock commented
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      Hey Scott -
      We're in Denver - about a half hour north of Charlotte. Near Lake Norman.
      I'd love to hook up sometime - my email is [email protected]
  • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
    Club Member
    • Jun 2018
    • 591
    • Eastern NC
    • 2018 MAK 2 Star
      Charbroil Big Easy SRG

    depending on where in NC theres a good Yoder dealer in NC in case you need some add-ons or advice. The folks at grillbillies in Wake Forest I think, near Raleigh were plenty nice to me while I was researching pellet grills. Welcome to the pit!


    • Raven Rock
      Raven Rock commented
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      I bought from the Charlotte Grill Company.
      They had all the options I wanted in stock and have set them aside until the cooker arrives.
      Thanks for the welcome - much appreciated.
  • Dadof3Illinois
    Club Member
    • Jul 2017
    • 877
    • Southeast Illinois

    Heck yea....you did good my friend...👍👍👍👍. Just make sure you share picks once you get it


    • Raven Rock
      Raven Rock commented
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      Thanks Dado - I can't believe what a difficult choice this was.
      Knowing that experienced cooks are giving me a Thumbs-Up helps a lot.
      I'll be sure to post pictures of the arrival and my cooks!
  • Mr. Bones
    Birthday Hat Master
    • Sep 2016
    • 9419
    • 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

    I'm delighted by both yer acquisition of a YS 640S Yoder, an yer relocation from So Cali to NC...I'll be followin along, with great interest, amigo.
    Lemme know if'n I can ever be of assistance, translator, or what have ye. ...
    Last edited by Mr. Bones; September 21, 2020, 08:18 PM.


    • Raven Rock
      Raven Rock commented
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      I appreciate that, Mr Bones. Means a lot to me.
      The wife and I are plenty excited about the move.
      The moving trucks arrive on the 29th. Will be in our new home in Denver, NC a few days later.
      I won't hesitate to ask for advice or opinions. I'm a newby and looking forward to learning how to cook well.

    • Mr. Bones
      Mr. Bones commented
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      Straight up gots yer six, let's roll, yall! !
  • Cheef
    Banned Former Member
    • Oct 2015
    • 685

    @Raven Rock I am glad to see another American base his choice on manufacturer origin.
    I follow a few Memphis forums on Facebook and it is surprising to see the push back they are getting on the decision to move to China.
    Congrats on the new American Made Yoder. You made the right decision.


    • glitchy
      glitchy commented
      Editing a comment
      Yeah Memphis’ decision was saddening. I’m seeing lots more reports of problems with the new grills too.

    • Raven Rock
      Raven Rock commented
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      Manufacturer origin is definitely important to me and I'm willing to pay more to keep those jobs in America. And it's a dang nice piece of backyard equipment!
  • glitchy
    Club Member
    • Jul 2019
    • 665
    • Central IA
    • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill
      w/ Big Joetisserie, SnS LP, and Vortex
      Weber SmokeFire EX4
      Weber Q1000
      Fireboard 2 Drive
      Anova Precision Sous Vide

    Congrats on your new tank. You hear lots of good things about Yoders. That drop feed system is a great feature. Do they all have the Fireboard based controller now? I’ve seen a lot of pics of that comp cart and it’s as sweet as the grill, great choice.


  • tiewunon
    Club Member
    • May 2020
    • 314
    • Virginia Beach, Va

    You did your homework and purchased a great USA made cooker. Congratulations.
    I hope your move goes safely and seamlessly with your household goods arriving as scheduled.


    • Raven Rock
      Raven Rock commented
      Editing a comment
      Thanks Tie - I appreciate that.
      We have a well known national mover taking care of the stuff.
      We're shipping one car and making a leisurely drive from So Cal to the Charlotte area in our second car.
      Will be sure to stop in Albuquerque and have something with green chilies and we're also stopping in Memphis and Nashville.

    • tiewunon
      tiewunon commented
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      Raven Rock have a safe trip. I know this is about 70 mi from Albuquerque in Santa Fe but this place is worth seeing Lorreto Chapel. I went there kicking and screaming well at a minimum major power snivel but that staircase was amazing. Visited it when coming back from Warner Springs Ca driving a motorhome. Enjoy the regional Que along the way.

    • Raven Rock
      Raven Rock commented
      Editing a comment
      Thanks for the tip Tie - we may have some time for a little side trip....
  • Skip
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 3373
    • Blue Earth, Minnesota
    • MAK Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates, Mostly Thermoworks Thermometers

    That Yoder will be a great cooker for you! Congratulations on your move too!


    • Raven Rock
      Raven Rock commented
      Editing a comment
      Thanks, Skip.
      I've had a Weber gaser for nearly 15 years.
      I have a lot to learn on the Yoder and I'm an enthusiastic student. So glad I found this great community at Amazing Ribs!
  • Clark
    Club Member
    • Mar 2020
    • 83
    • Broken Arrow, OK.

    Congrats on your move out of California! Let's hope they don't ship it to your old address. LOL




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