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unixadm
11-06-2013, 04:19 PM
It's like Christmas morning here folks. I had a delivery window with ABF freight and shockingly they showed up right after the start of the window so I got to get my hands on the YS1500 early in the day. The driver and I had some "fun" getting this thing off the truck and up my driveway because the pallet is oversized. I unloaded it using my pallet jack. I rolled two wheels onto my pallet jack when it was near full extension, then lowered it down and removed the pallet jack. Then I used the pallet jack from the size to catch the wheels on the hopper size and lowered it down to the ground. That made it a piece of cake by myself - but then again not everyone has a pallet jack at home. You'll notice I went with the gray cart instead of the orange. I thought it would blend in a bit better on my patio and it does.

Initial thoughts:


Built Like a tank
HEAVY - My poor back
Not very maneuverable - plan your movements carefully because the swivel casters don't work like you'd expect.
Did I mention HEAVY??
Everything is heavy duty
Looks awesome


Overall it looks to be an awesome cooker. I thought the YS640 I had was built tough, this thing puts it to shame. Everything has heft to it. The cooking grates are built to hold a small Honda engine. The fabrication quality is very nice (I do fabrication work on the side). Let's face it, it's pretty darn cool.

I do have to contact Yoder about a couple of minor things. First one of the thumb screws for my custom sleeved stack was bent somehow. Also the probe ports were installed only on the right side of the chamber, when I had requested one to be installed on each end.

I'm doing the burn in right now at 350 degrees after washing off the cooking grates. It fired right up and was coming up to temp pretty quickly.

I had the following custom features added:


YS stainless logo on the counter balance
Two large probe ports
Sleeved upper stack so it will fit in my enclosed trailer. *This was not their normal way of doing it so it was extra $$$ above their normal method.


I also bought 400 pounds of pellets from them since it didn't change the freight price much. Anyhow, blah, blah, blah. Time for some pics.

http://www.dmwtech.com/gallery3/var/resizes/Cooking-and-BBQ/Yoder-YS1500-Competition-Pellet-Cooker/IMG_0108.JPG?m=1383763971
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http://www.dmwtech.com/gallery3/var/resizes/Cooking-and-BBQ/Yoder-YS1500-Competition-Pellet-Cooker/IMG_0115.JPG?m=1383763987

I also cooked a pound of bacon which was lightly seasoned and it came out great. Very even temperatures side to side and top to bottom. Really happy with the cooking performance thus far.

http://www.dmwtech.com/gallery3/var/resizes/Cooking-and-BBQ/Yoder-YS1500-Competition-Pellet-Cooker/Food/IMG_0116.JPG?m=1383774415

peeps
11-06-2013, 04:25 PM
Yoder makes beautiful rigs!

Is that pin in correctly on the right side of the door? Wouldn't the cotter pin go in once you pass it through the door loop to keep the pin locked in place?

utahusker
11-06-2013, 04:26 PM
I'm envious, congratulations!

ssv3
11-06-2013, 04:31 PM
Very very nice! Cograts. Enjoy it.

abangs
11-06-2013, 04:35 PM
Nice!!

unixadm
11-06-2013, 04:37 PM
Yoder makes beautiful rigs!

Is that pin in correctly on the right side of the door? Wouldn't the cotter pin go in once you pass it through the door loop to keep the pin locked in place?

The pin is not in correctly, it's just hanging there from when I removed it at the time of arrival. Nice catch!

grillinguy247
11-06-2013, 04:39 PM
Nice. Congrats on the new toy. :heh:

DENALI
11-06-2013, 04:40 PM
Nice! What is the O.D. of the smoke stack? I like the idea of sleeving the stack although i think i would have had them weld the collar to the removable part of the stack rather than the elbow but i am betting they didnt ask your opinion on that one. I might have even had them sleeve it before the elbow. Either way it would make it handier for storage in your trailer.

layne
11-06-2013, 04:42 PM
What a great looking rig! Good luck and have fun!

Ron_L
11-06-2013, 04:46 PM
It's like Christmas morning here folks. I had a delivery window with ABF freight and shockingly they showed up right after the start of the window so I got to get my hands on the YS1500 early in the day.

Have I ever told you how much I hate you? http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x43/searcher451/Smileys/envy.gif

:becky:

Congrats on the new toy! I like the look of the gray cart, too!

Keep posting pictures as you start cooking with it!

unixadm
11-06-2013, 04:46 PM
Nice! What is the O.D. of the smoke stack? I like the idea of sleeving the stack although i think i would have had them weld the collar to the removable part of the stack rather than the elbow but i am betting they didnt ask your opinion on that one. I might have even had them sleeve it before the elbow. Either way it would make it handier for storage in your trailer.

It's a 5" stack. I would have sleeved it on the removable part as well so that water wouldn't run into the unit. Not a big deal since it's under my patio and will be covered when not in use. I wanted the sleeve on the vertical so that I didn't have to worry about the stack rotating over or having to crank on set screws to keep it upright like on the YS640. I fabricate, so at some point I may alter it to a different configuration. For now it does exactly what I requested.

landarc
11-06-2013, 04:51 PM
Nice rig, I really like the Yoder design

ncstan
11-06-2013, 04:55 PM
Nice rig enjoy it

Hoppy
11-06-2013, 05:01 PM
WOW! That's Sweet!:thumb::thumb:

sliding_billy
11-06-2013, 05:08 PM
That is a pretty looking cooker.

Diesel Dave
11-06-2013, 05:15 PM
Great looking cooker right there!
I'm sure you'll enjoy it for a long time to come.
Looking forward to seeing your cooks on it

4uweque
11-06-2013, 05:25 PM
Man, I WANT that!!! Hurry up and cook some stuff, I can't wait to hear what you think!

dport7
11-06-2013, 05:34 PM
Man o Man, that thing is a tank, beautiful. Sure is built to last.
Enjoy, enjoy.

njfoses
11-06-2013, 05:39 PM
So even with the comp cart its difficult to move?

Concept Que
11-06-2013, 06:40 PM
Wow - congrats!!!

EmilPatrick
11-06-2013, 06:46 PM
Now that's a great looking smoker, congrats!!

jbuntingsr
11-06-2013, 06:51 PM
Sweet :cool:

Zin
11-06-2013, 07:08 PM
Nice! What is the O.D. of the smoke stack? I like the idea of sleeving the stack although i think i would have had them weld the collar to the removable part of the stack rather than the elbow but i am betting they didnt ask your opinion on that one. I might have even had them sleeve it before the elbow. Either way it would make it handier for storage in your trailer.

Thinking the same thing, moisture is going to collect in the sleeve. Imho i believe they made a mistake. Besides that problem the smoker looks awesome.

cpw
11-06-2013, 07:15 PM
That thing looks AWESOME!! Man I want one of those bad!!

nucornhusker
11-06-2013, 07:23 PM
It looks great! You're gonna love it even more once you start cooking with it.

Mrfish
11-06-2013, 07:32 PM
Wow, that is a beauty! I am looking forward to seeing your creations.

martyleach
11-06-2013, 09:06 PM
That is very sweet! I have been drooling over that smoker for awhile. If my wife ever divorces me, that is on the agenda. However, if I bought that I would be divorced and I kinda like her! Let's see some Pron!

unixadm
11-06-2013, 09:12 PM
Thanks everyone. I'm enjoying another BLCM (Bacon, Lettuce, Cheese and Mayo) panini on honey wheat bread. Pretty darn tasty.

I'll post some cooks up in the coming weeks. I plan on cooking ribs, a brisket, a turkey, some smoked ribeye steaks to make some cheesesteaks among other things.

mep
11-06-2013, 09:29 PM
Congratulations! Awesome big ole smoker. Enjoy cooking on it.

K-Barbecue
11-06-2013, 11:56 PM
Every time I see one of those Yoder 1500's I want one. Nice looking rig. Now I have to talk to the "Boss"

Diesel Dave
11-07-2013, 05:24 AM
I think the stack is fine as is. If you've ever noticed there is some condensation/creasole that forms in a stack and drips/runs down the inside as the fire heats up or dies and the cooker cools.
Would you want this running down the outside of the elbow?
Just think what that would make the outside of the elbow look like

stephan
11-07-2013, 06:58 AM
Thats a sweet smoker. I would love to get one but since I dont have a dog house thats where I would have to sleep if I brought one home.

ajstrider
11-07-2013, 07:16 AM
This is the first interior pictures I have seen of the 1500. Did they leave out the grease tray altogether on this one and put that diffuser style plate in? I'm curious about the grease drain setup, if you could please elaborate a bit.

Ron_L
11-07-2013, 08:22 AM
This is the first interior pictures I have seen of the 1500. Did they leave out the grease tray altogether on this one and put that diffuser style plate in? I'm curious about the grease drain setup, if you could please elaborate a bit.

There are a bunch of pictures in nucornhusker's YS1500 thread as well...

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=169856

This post has pictures of the inside after a cook...

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showpost.php?p=2610272&postcount=105

Teebody
11-07-2013, 09:04 AM
Beeeeuuutiful

MeatCandy
11-07-2013, 09:36 AM
Very Nice...

I agree with Diesel Dave on the stack, no issue...smoke on...

Chris89Stang
11-07-2013, 10:46 AM
Nice!

castlepines
11-07-2013, 11:17 AM
Wow, that looks amazing. Congrats!

ajstrider
11-07-2013, 11:19 AM
Thanks for the links. I like this grease setup a lot better. I sometimes feel like the grease pan gets in the way of good smoke circulation through the chamber on my old 640 and my current Traeger. Unfortunately with the Traeger's center firepot, it doesn't leave me many options.

DerHusker
11-07-2013, 11:43 AM
Very Nice! :icon_smile_tongue: :thumb:

BBQ_MAFIA
11-07-2013, 12:33 PM
Congrats and good luck with your new smoker.

dirtydingus
11-07-2013, 12:44 PM
Good lookin rig! I'm contemplating a ys640 to complement my Stumps stretch for comps next season. Post cook pics when you can. Thanx.

joshcary
11-07-2013, 03:17 PM
I love the YS1500, it cooks so damn well that sometimes I ask myself why I don't own one?!?! Congrats on the new pit.

nucornhusker
11-07-2013, 04:03 PM
I love the YS1500, it cooks so damn well that sometimes I ask myself why I don't own one?!?!

http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb367/husker9903/image_zpsc2d7b2de.jpg (http://s1202.photobucket.com/user/husker9903/media/image_zpsc2d7b2de.jpg.html)



:wink:

Big Bears BBQ
11-07-2013, 04:15 PM
Sweet .....

Guando
11-07-2013, 06:36 PM
I love that rig. It just screams cool. Enjoy!

unixadm
11-07-2013, 08:41 PM
I decided to cook up a choice filet mignon. It was a little sucker but I only bought it to test. I did not use the GrillGrates because I currently have a minor fitment issue that I'm working with Yoder on.

I marinated it for about 30 minutes in some teriyaki sauce with fresh ground pepper, sea salt, worcester sauce and Cavender's Greek Seasoning. I smoked it at 200 degrees for about 30 minutes and then direct grilled to my desired medium doneness. Oh my goodness. Tender, moist and full of flavor.

I opened the door on the HMS and grilled on the expanded metal. You cannot expect good grill marks, but the flavor was there. One of the best fillets I've ever cooked and ever ate for that matter. I want another one! haha.

http://www.dmwtech.com/gallery3/var/resizes/Cooking-and-BBQ/Yoder-YS1500-Competition-Pellet-Cooker/Food/IMG_0121.JPG?m=1383877829
http://www.dmwtech.com/gallery3/var/resizes/Cooking-and-BBQ/Yoder-YS1500-Competition-Pellet-Cooker/Food/IMG_0122.JPG?m=1383877828
http://www.dmwtech.com/gallery3/var/resizes/Cooking-and-BBQ/Yoder-YS1500-Competition-Pellet-Cooker/Food/IMG_0123.JPG?m=1383877828

nucornhusker
11-07-2013, 08:47 PM
Use that same method to reverse sear a tri-tip.

That looks good. There is a different tenderness and juiciness to a steak on a pellet cooker. Good stuff.

unixadm
11-08-2013, 03:56 PM
It was tasty. I thought about it all day! :)

I ordered up a cover for the YS1500 so I'm going to test fit it when I get home. Not sure if it's going to work, but if it does then I'll post up some pics. For those with fixed stacks, it won't really work so I'm probably on my own on this one.

unixadm
11-08-2013, 06:37 PM
The Patio Armor grill cover I ordered from Amazon arrived. I bought the biggest one they offer and it fits pretty well. It's not a very high end cover, but it will do the job for the time being.

http://www.dmwtech.com/gallery3/var/resizes/Cooking-and-BBQ/Yoder-YS1500-Competition-Pellet-Cooker/IMG_0125.JPG?m=1383957212

DENALI
11-08-2013, 09:23 PM
The Patio Armor grill cover I ordered from Amazon arrived. I bought the biggest one they offer and it fits pretty well. It's not a very high end cover, but it will do the job for the time being.




That cover looks like it will work well enough. Any word from yoder if/when they will have a custom cover for it?

unixadm
11-08-2013, 09:31 PM
That cover looks like it will work well enough. Any word from yoder if/when they will have a custom cover for it?

They didn't really give me any details when I asked. Since the stack isn't removable by default, it could make a cover a little more tricky to get on. That may be their thought process since many offsets don't offer a custom cover.

unixadm
11-08-2013, 09:43 PM
Cheesesteak time. I love cheesesteaks and this is something pretty easy for me to prepare. Tonight I was doing a light Teriyaki version.


Small choice ribeye steak, sliced up thin with most of the fat removed.
Kikkoman teriyaki marinade
Cavender's Greek seasoning, season to your liking but it is a bit salty so use caution
Fresh ground pepper, light sprinkle of salt
1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic
2 slices of provolone
Chopped sweet onion


I put my stainless griddle in the YS1500, set the temp at 350 degrees and opened the HMS all the way. I sautéed the onions with a dash of pepper and EVO. Once they were becoming tender, I tossed on the sliced ribeye which had been marinating for about an hour.

Once the steak was cooked, I tossed on the provolone sliced, put the bun inside of the cooker and covered to melt the cheese. I then layer the bun on the meat, let it steam for a minute or so and then did "the flip". Next I ate and enjoyed this easy meal. Excuse the paper plate, I was eating outside.

http://www.dmwtech.com/gallery3/var/resizes/Cooking-and-BBQ/Yoder-YS1500-Competition-Pellet-Cooker/Food/IMG_0126.JPG?m=1383967629
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http://www.dmwtech.com/gallery3/var/resizes/Cooking-and-BBQ/Yoder-YS1500-Competition-Pellet-Cooker/Food/IMG_0134.JPG?m=1383967646

nucornhusker
11-08-2013, 10:11 PM
You had me at ribeye

unixadm
11-17-2013, 11:31 AM
I decided today would be a good day to cook some ribs so that called for a 3-pack of Baby Backs from Costco. I coated with mustard and a moderate coating of Fast Eddy's rub along with some Turbinado sugar.

Into the YS1500 at 225 degrees. You'll notice in the pics that often the pit is holding a very similar temperature from top to bottom. I'm using the ET-733 with a probe on the bottom grate and another on the top grate. I will mist with apple juice every hour, wrap at the 3 hour mark for an hour, then out again ~75 minutes later with a light coat of sauce, a little more rub and some brown sugar. They will cook until probe tender.

http://www.dmwtech.com/gallery3/var/resizes/Cooking-and-BBQ/Yoder-YS1500-Competition-Pellet-Cooker/Food/IMG_0135.JPG?m=1384708817
http://www.dmwtech.com/gallery3/var/resizes/Cooking-and-BBQ/Yoder-YS1500-Competition-Pellet-Cooker/Food/IMG_0136.JPG?m=1384708816
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1911Ron
11-17-2013, 03:56 PM
That thing is a beast, very nice!

DENALI
11-17-2013, 10:43 PM
Thats just crazy how even that thing is temp wise. I really like my 640 but i cant wait to get a 1500!

unixadm
11-17-2013, 10:56 PM
It's pretty even in the chamber but the controller does struggle a bit holding a consistent temperature.

Pics from time to wrap to done:

http://www.dmwtech.com/gallery3/var/resizes/Cooking-and-BBQ/Yoder-YS1500-Competition-Pellet-Cooker/Food/IMG_0141.JPG?m=1384750165
http://www.dmwtech.com/gallery3/var/resizes/Cooking-and-BBQ/Yoder-YS1500-Competition-Pellet-Cooker/Food/IMG_0140.JPG?m=1384750164
http://www.dmwtech.com/gallery3/var/resizes/Cooking-and-BBQ/Yoder-YS1500-Competition-Pellet-Cooker/Food/IMG_0142.JPG?m=1384750163
http://www.dmwtech.com/gallery3/var/resizes/Cooking-and-BBQ/Yoder-YS1500-Competition-Pellet-Cooker/Food/IMG_0150.JPG?m=1384750164

grillinguy247
11-17-2013, 11:31 PM
:thumb:

Nugetsius
11-18-2013, 05:45 AM
Unixadm, how much did the temps fluctuate? Do you have any outside influences to attribute the temp fluctuations to? Like wind?

I'm asking because thats the first I've heard of this.........and I just ordered my ys1500 last week.

I have a ys640 and the only time the temps fluctuate on it was when I had a few steam pans in it and I always figured that the fluctuations were due to the blockage of air flow. When this happened, the display temp was always hotter than the actual temp by somewhere between 25 to 50 degrees