Frequently Asked Questions


Pellet Grill Faqs

There are two differences between the YS480 and the YS640. The first is size. The cooking surfaces are 33% larger on the YS640. The second difference is the addition of the Variable Displacement Damper (VDD) in the YS640.

The cooking area on the YS480 are 20″ x 24″ on the main grates and 15 ½” x 20″ on the optional 2nd shelf. The cooking area on the YS640 are 20″ x 32″ on the main grates and 15 ½” x 28″ on the optional 2nd shelf.

11 ¾” with the 2nd shelf removed.

The cooking body is constructed from 10-gauge steel, which provides heat retention suitable for 4-season cooking. The hopper assembly and cart are constructed from 14-gauge steel.

The YS480 is 53″ long (including the side shelf), 54″ tall and 35″ deep. The YS640 is 61″ long (including the side shelf), 54″ tall and 35″ deep.

The main cooking grates are constructed of ¼” steel bar and then finished with a hard chrome surface.

#9 expanded metal contained in a ½” square tube frame.

The front and side shelves are constructed from 7/16″ round bar and then finished with a hard chrome surface. **Solid Stainless Steel shelves are optional on the standard cart and standard on the Competition cart.

YS480: front shelf is 12 ½” deep x 23″ wide; side shelf is 19″ deep x 15″ wide. YS640: front shelf is 12 ½” deep x 31″ wide; side shelf is 19″ deep x 15″ wide.

Yes, there is over 4″ of clearance between the bottom of the door and the front shelf.

The standard cookers are fitted with a set of wheels and casters so it moves easily across hard surfaces. The shelf on the Right Hand side doubles as a handle for moving the grill across turf or uneven surfaces. The Competition Cart model has 4 – 8″ flat-free tires for handling changing terrains. **Optional 10″ flat-free tires are available for Competition Cart models.

The hopper holds 20-pounds of pellets.

The temperature range for the 480 or 640 pellet grill is from 150-degrees to 600-degrees.

The temperature range for the 1500 pellet grill is from 175-degrees to 500-degrees.

The temperature is digitally controlled in 5-degree increments.

The cookers will run up to 12-hours depending on the cooking and ambient temperatures.

Pellet consumption ranges from 1½-pounds to 4-pounds per hour depending on the cooking temperature and environment.

The heat up period for direct grilling is 10 to 15-minutes. The heat up period for indirect cooking is 20 to 30-minutes.

The firebox is located on the Left Hand side of the pit.

Airflow is less volatile from left to right (firebox to chimney) than a center mounted firepot, so the Left Hand placement significantly reduces the hot spots in the corners and in the front and back edges of the cooker which allows the cook to utilize more of the cooking area.

The Yoder Pellet Grills offer two unique setups depending on the style of cooking that you want to do. The first is the traditional pellet grill setup, which has the heat diffuser in place; this is the ideal setup for smoking and baking. In this setup the air and smoke travel through the length of the cooking chamber, similar to an offset wood pit, imparting excellent color, flavor and texture into the food. The second is with the heat diffuser removed allowing you to sear or roast directly over the firepot. ** 2-piece diffuser adds access to the firepot without removing the diffuser.

When the YS640 is setup traditionally (heat diffuser in place) the Variable Displacement Damper allows the pit-master some additional grate level temperature control. With the damper pushed all of the way in the left half of the grill will run hotter, when positioned all the way out (open) the right end of the grill will run hotter. With the damper pushed in about 5-inches the grate surface will cook fairly even, which creates the ideal environment for slow cooking similar cuts of meat. With the direct grill kit in place it is recommended to open the damper all the way to allow the heat to develop across the entire cooking surface.

There are two ways to utilize the direct grill option, first is to remove the original grate or both grates and install the GrillGrates over the diffuser. This creates an ideal grilling environment for wings, chicken Spedini, chicken breast and other meats that benefit from slightly less direct heat. The full direct method is created by removing the heat diffuser and then replacing the standard cooking grate or grates with the direct grill kit which is perfect for cooking burgers, steaks, thick chops and similar cuts of meat.

With the GrillGrates kit in place and the diffuser out the grate temperature can quickly climb past 700-degrees depending on the set point.

With the direct grate system in place you can sear a steak and achieve the cooking time, color, texture and grill marks previously associated with cooking over gas or charcoal.

Warranty is an industry leading 10 years on the cooking body, 3 years on the control system, and 3 years on the ceramic igniter. View the warranty

Standard cart YS480 and YS640 are shipped boxed. Assembly of the stand and attachment of the stand to the body is required. Please refer to the assembly manual for detailed instructions. All other models are shipped fully assembled banded to a pallet. All units are delivered to your driveway and unloaded utilizing a lift gate. Delivery is only available to your driveway if there is access for delivery trucks to enter and exit. There are cases that limited access require the product be shipped to a business or picked up at the local freight facility.

Start by disassembling the pit, vacuum the body, use a thin blade putty knife to remove any buildup and finish by wiping down with a citrus based cleaner.

We design, test and build all of our pits in the USA.