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1 hour ago, ske1eter said:

Since it's a competition capable unit can it be run in the rain?


It's not recommended to run anything in the rain that is plugged in.  The yoder is included in that.  It needs to be covered and operated in an environment where it is safe to operate any electrical appliance.


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John as usual nice video. That is on rugged looking pellet grill. I love the wheels.

The fire box in your Yoder is MUCH different than my old 060 Traeger. I have a small coffee cup cup sized burn pot. I have come to the conclusion that the one I have is almost completely fan operated without much exposure to the air around the pot at all. It sounds like a jet engine as it burns.  Possibly this is why my results are so different than what others report. Chicken off of my unit comes out sweet-- not smoked flavored. I would not associate it with a wood fire at all. I imagine the sizing and exposure of the burn area along with the fan speeds would really affect the flavor profile.


I look forward to your videos cooking on this.

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10 hours ago, John Setzler said:


It's not recommended to run anything in the rain that is plugged in.  The yoder is included in that.  It needs to be covered and operated in an environment where it is safe to operate any electrical appliance.



Gotcha'. But knowing that bbq competitions don't always occur in the clear, blue sky, sunny weather, I was wondering what kind of consideration Yoder made for this given they're big in the competition circuit.

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18 minutes ago, ske1eter said:


Gotcha'. But knowing that bbq competitions don't always occur in the clear, blue sky, sunny weather, I was wondering what kind of consideration Yoder made for this given they're big in the competition circuit.


I dont think water will damage the yoder.  You just have to consider that you are running a live ac line to the unit and that connectionis not water proof?  I would not consider operating this or any other pellet grill in the rain.  Thats just a stupid choice.  If you can provide adequate tent coverage then it might. Be ok

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Nice walk around, I liked the Freudian slip there when you called it a kamado, lol. I am with @Marbque about the return of Man Cave Meals videos, that's what got me started with this while kamado thing and stepping up my BBQ game. 


On on a slightly related note, I attended a KCBS BBQ last weekend and sampled some great BBQ that was cooked on a beat up traeger; they took first place overall in the backyard division! For anyone who says a pellet cooker doesn't put off enough smoke flavor or that they do mediocre BBQ, take this into consideration. These things are BBQ beasts and Yoder is up there with the best of them, if I didn't have my kamado I would be perfectly satisfied with just this cooker. 

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