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Yoder or Traeger?

EricE

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Yoder all the way. Quality built and they also make serious competition smokers.
I've looked at them for years, but I'm happy with my kamado grill (saffire), even though it's a little more work than smoking with a pellet grill.
Are you looking at the ys640? The pro is beautiful, but a little pricy.
 

Dough

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Yoder make a good smoker. At this price, I'd consider the MAK 2 also. They all smoke, differences are the grilling.
 

jacoviii

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Yoder is my 1st choice but I got a steal of a deal on a GMG. If I went with a traeger it would be the timberline 1300
 

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Rec tec? Very Nice smokers/grills gave up on all due to time just use electric so simple and great results Use handful or 2 of chips that’s it. Better bark with pellets than electric.
 

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I'm looking at the ys640. Seems like Yoder uses the best materials. I read about Rec Tec and from my understanding since they went China the quality went down? Trager obviously built a name for themselves but I feel like they could use better metals for the price. It seems to me your paying for their technology? I use electric now but being in Wisconsin it's hard to use in colder weather. I was hoping the pellet would help keep temp in lower ambient temps.
 

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When it is cold out in NY I start with cold meat and smoke for a few hours then when it gets to 80 or 100 degrees it does not take on any more smoke flavor I pull it out and finish in the oven. I don’t want to burn down your house but a moving blanket over the electric smoker helps.
If You can go to a bbq championship and lay your hands on some it would help make your choice. There is displays set up at competitions I have gone to. Yoder I have not used but I don’t think I have ever heard a bad thing about them. Traeger... work but is not in the same class. If you like Yoder buy it, I find if I do not get what I want I go back in a few years and buy in then so it is spending the money twice. GMG has cold weather covers but not in same class as Yoder either.
 

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I'm looking at the ys640. Seems like Yoder uses the best materials. I read about Rec Tec and from my understanding since they went China the quality went down? Trager obviously built a name for themselves but I feel like they could use better metals for the price. It seems to me your paying for their technology? I use electric now but being in Wisconsin it's hard to use in colder weather. I was hoping the pellet would help keep temp in lower ambient temps.
I have this smoker. Great cooker and holds temp great. Way better than my older traeger that I used a welding blanket to cover in the winter. I would pass on the grill grates for steaks. I hardly use mine.
 

Mike99

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Looking to upgrade, I'm leaning towards Yoder. Thoughts?
I own a YS640s and is absolutely awesome. I also own a GMG which is good but cannot compare to a Yoder.
 

4x15mph

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Have you checked out the new masterbuilt 560 gravity series? Charcoal fed and automatic with temp controller. I’ve done 2 cooks so far and very happy with it. Cheap so if you don’t like it or it doesn’t last too long, no problem.
 

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neither! 110% get a pit boss. the patented open/direct flame char-broiler is a no brainer and game changer for a true all-in-one pellet grill.
I've converted about 10 friends and use mine a couple times a week at least.

only grill/smoker I own and my oven barely gets any use for the past 3 years.
 

RightStuff

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Anyone look at the new Weber Smokefire series as well? That looks interesting as well...
 

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Smoke fire has issues. Check youtube. DONT BUY ONE
 

DieselCamel

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Look at a RecTec Bull 700 mostly stainless and ) year warranty. I have had a GMG and a Pitboss. RecTec is in a league of its own. Yoders are nice but if your grill has to ship with a can of touch up paint due to rust you might have a problem.
 

Nick212

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I have 2 Green Mountain Grills and they have been great. Came from a Traeger. GMG is built with a heavier steel that Traeger.
 

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I've had great success with my Traeger for what I do, but if I was to upgrade it would be GMG. I don't compete so I can't justify the money for a Yoder.
 

ctyke

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I have a Green Egg love to smoke with it, have a GMG for general quick cooking (and when my GreenEgg and Blackstone are at the lake for the summer, and last year I bought a blackstone grill. brings me back to my college days of working at a restaurant and that gets used several times a week. I'd buy them all again (maybe I'd go with off brand Green Egg??)
 

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Looking to upgrade, I'm leaning towards Yoder. Thoughts?
check out the grill store in Germantown, The guys there are knowledgeable and very helpful. Havent pulled the trigger on a GMG yet... When I do I will definitely go there. And if you're lucky they will have something smoking!
 

John Mcpartland

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I was in the same boat and was leaning towards the yoder and then found a cook shack fast eddy. love it
 
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