The Bottom Line
Yoder Smokers got into the business to produce a line of products that would work equally well on the competition circuit and the backyard. After a few years of growing pains in the pellet market, Yoder has emerged as the makers of some very good pellet grills. This, the YS1500, is their largest pellet cooking. Big enough to cater an event or cook everything for a barbecue competition, this unit is mounted on a large cart with inflatable tires.
- High temperature direct grilling capability
- Precision temperature controller
- Very large cooking capacity
- Mounted on a heavy duty mobile cart
- Nearly 700 pounds limits mobility
- 1008 square inches of primary cooking area with 1500 square inches total space
- 150 to 600 degree F/65 to 315 degrees C temperature range
- 20-pound capacity side mounted pellet hopper
- Chrome plated steel rod cooking grates
- Precision, 5-degree increment control panel
- Powder coated steel construction
- Single layer, locking lid with counter balance
- Internal baffle for adjusting airflow and heat
- Smokestack vent to regular smoke retention
- Made in the United States by Yoder Smokers, Inc.
Guide Review - Yoder YS1500 Pellet Grill
Yoder Smokers pride themselves on how well their smokers and pellet grills do on the competition barbecue circuit and it is true that you find a lot of their products used to turn in winning barbecue.
This model is specifically configured for the big events. The thousand square inches of primary cooking space (plus 500 more on an upper rack) give it plenty of room for some serious barbecue. Mounted on a heavy duty cart, this model weighs in at around 700 pounds. The four tires make it mobile as long as you are not trying to get it up a set of steps.
While this monster pellet cooker can cook up a few burgers or steaks, the real use of this model is for serious barbecue. The smokestack is adjustable to help regulate heat and hold in smoke. There is an internal baffle to alter the smoke flow and the large cooking chamber is far better at slow smoking several briskets than it is at grilling us a couple of burgers. At around $4,000 (depending on optional upgrades) this isn't an inexpensive unit, but it is one of the largest pellet grills on the market.
The combination of pellet cooker reliability and temperature control with traditional barbecue cooking has been a winner for many years. Several competitors on the barbecue competition circuit have done very well with this pellet smoker.
There are a wide range accessories and upgrades available for this model and Yoder is proactive about improving the programming on the computer control unit with occasional firmware upgrades. Support for Yoder products has been very good, though some of that depends on the dealer who sells you the grill.