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March 13th, 2019, 2:39 pm
* Abilene ** Abilene *
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I'm a new owner of a Yoder pellet smoker and wonder if seasoned Yoder owners can give me some input on a few things.

- Any comments or suggestions about leaving pellets in hopper after use ?

- How long can I anticipate the thermoconductor and igniter to last? (Should I keep spares on hand?)

- I monitored the chamber temperatures with a FireBoard and noticed a difference between chamber and controller display; is that “normal”?

Overall I’m pleased with the first few cooks and like having less work maintaining a fire than with stick burners. Nice machine!

March 13th, 2019, 3:49 pm
* Abilene ** Abilene *
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Welcome JD. I will see what I can do to answer some of your questions from my experiences.

1. I leave my pellets in the hopper (I do have my 680 covered and in my garage when not in use. I would say that humidity can effect the pellets if you are stagnant for too long)
2. I have had my smoker for going on three seasons and haven't replaced either. Average 1-2 long smokes a month
3. I think that Herb has a really good sticky Yoder 101 in this forum. It explains the algorithm that the controller uses. From my experience with the Tappecue probe, my upper left runs about 20 degrees cooler than the grate. I strongly recommend the biscuit test and adjusting the damper with a couple of tests. I bet you can find a really consistent and even cook. I like it a little different in various spots as I normally am cooking different meats and different thickness.

Hope this helps!

March 13th, 2019, 7:50 pm
* Abilene ** Abilene *
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Good feedback, thanks jdc

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