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Old 06-25-2014, 09:16 AM   #286
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Well I was all set to buy a vertical smoker, just trying to decide between charcoal or stick, and now there's a third contender.

I'm not sure how I feel about a pellet cooker, but the results you're getting are exactly what I'd like to have. And the versatility saves me needing to buy a smoker and a grill.

It's going to be a tough decision.

One question, if you were loading up with say 8lb butts, how many could you fit on both grates?
It's a great cooker, but defiantly different than the others you are looking at for sure.

As for the butts, I've never filled it but I had a guess. I talked to a buddy that also has a 1500 and he has cooked a lot of butts in his. He said easily 12, eight on the bottom and four on top. You want to make sure you leave a little room around each so you have good airflow. You could possibly, maybe get a couple more, but I've never done it myself. And at current pork prices, I won't unless someone is paying for the meat.
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:54 AM   #287
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Yeah, butts are just my measuring stick for cooker size. I don't know why my brain works that way, it just does. Kind of like your picture with the pans to show the size. My concern was that at 42" wide it wouldn't be big enough, but then I realized that the Yoder has an upper rack that holds the same temp as the lower grate, so I can use all that space any time without worrying about adjusting my cooking times too much because it's significantly hotter.

When I was thinking about a normal offset, I was looking at a size around 24" x 60", which would be 1440 sq in of cooking space on the bottom grate which is mainly what I'd use. The YS1500 has about the same amount of space (slightly more), so I think it's the right size for my needs.
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