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Unread 03-10-2014, 03:25 AM   #256
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Sweet cooker!
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Unread 03-10-2014, 06:03 AM   #257
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Hey Brother! That's Sweeeeeet!

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I'm pretty close to grabbing a second FEC120 as I get more into comps this year, but your thread sure has me thinking long and hard about one of these ys1500's. I'd really be looking to do briskets on it.
I've never used any of the FEC cookers, so I can't make any comparison. I wish I did have some experience with them because you are not the first FEC owner to show interest in the YS1500 that I have chatted with.
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Unread 03-30-2014, 06:07 PM   #259
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After reading all of the post, I think I will place an order.
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Unread 03-30-2014, 09:09 PM   #260
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Oldoily, you'll be happy if you do.

I'll use this opportunity to update. Yoder sent me an update to the controller software a few weeks back and I updated to the most current version. In the prior version there was usually a decent deviation (appx 20* at low temps, and up to 70* at high temps) between where the controller set point was and the actual grate temp. The grate temp was always lower than what the controller was set to. I used an ET-732 to take these measurements. So not high end equipment, but still plenty reliable. It was the only thing that bugged me about the pit, but with a Maverick I could achieve the temp I wanted and the controller would keep that temp.

The new software was created to fix this deviation. Now, the set point, the controller display and the actual grate temp are all usually within 5 degrees of each other, and usually never more than 10 degrees off at any temp, low or high. Often, all three are the same number or within 2 degrees.

Yoder has got this cooker nailed now. The deviation was the only gripe I had about it, and now that's gone. This is one helluva pit.
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Ordered mine last week!!
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Ordered mine last week!!
Cool, another Traeger owner comes over to the dark side. Welcome to pellet nirvana.
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I just ordered my YS1500 last week also. I cant wait for her to get here!!

Any suggestion on which maverick to get??
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I use the ET-732 and I'm very happy with it. I'm not using it to measure pit temp anymore because the 1500 is now so reliable. I will use it if I'm cooking a Rib Roast or something where the IT of the meat needs to be known.
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Wow sweet rig! Just got an old OK Joe Longhorn from a buddy for free and am super happy w/ it, but this thing gives me pit envy
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i'd like to have one on my deck for sure
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This thread is really going to piss off my wife in the near future....if you know what I mean
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Unread 05-04-2014, 07:42 PM   #268
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Hey all. Currently have a pg1000 and looking to get something bigger. I am selling a gravity fed and considering upgrading the pg1000 that I also have to a ys1500

What's the thoughts will I be happy going from a pg1000 to a ys1500??

How is the direct functionality as I do like it on the pg 1000 and don't want yo give that up

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I've never used a PG1000, so I cannot comment on the differences. The YS1500 as is has a pretty small direct area by opening the HMS plate. However, as with other Yoder pellet grills, you could buy GrillGrates and leave the HMS in and slide the plate open, or remove the HMS and cook directly over the flame with GrillGrates installed.

Based on the specs on the PG1000, the Yoder will use more pellets. The PG1000 says 1.2lbs per hour at 400*. That's about the burn rate at 225* on the Yoder. However, with the GrillGrates installed and HMS out, temp will get hotter, quicker and with less effort, so pellet consumption should go down in my estimation. But again, it didn't get that setup with my YS1500 so I can't say for sure. I've used GrillGrates on a YS640 with the deflector removed and it works great.
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Unread 05-08-2014, 12:06 PM   #270
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hi , still trying to decide on the ys1500...

any negatives on the unit? any major maintenance issues as i am lazy? if it is in a humid area and out in the elements? i am just about to move forward..but slightly hesitant only because i haven't seen one and the price...
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