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May 17th, 2018, 9:31 am
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* Abilene ** Abilene *
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I know that this is normally something you would see on an Automotive Forum vs a BBQ/Smoker forum but I wanted to share my restoration project.
A few weeks ago I had a chance to purchase a 2012 YS640 Competition Pellet Grill. It was posted on a local board I visit and included one blurry shot of the YS640 dressed in its silver thermal jacket. I have been looking for a YS640 for 4 years, after I saw one in action on our team at the American Royal. The photo was bad but the price was right and I knew it was a Yoder so it was built like a tank!
I purchased it and a couple of days later here is what I had:

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Once the thermal jacket was removed I had this to deal with!


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Rear was at least somewhat better


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Serial: 12365 Build Date: 6-15-12


I was not expecting that on the outside but what I really was not expecting was what I found on the inside!
I think it was 6 years of smoking and grilling and never a Spring cleaning! I failed to get a shot of the grill grates and heat diffuser but they had a good 1/4-1/2 inches of crude on them.
The real shock came when I removed everything and found literally 2 inches of baked on sludge. Not even sure what to call it as I had to use a hammer and chisel to break it up! The picture below is even after I had cleaned up the sides a bit.
It was so jammed that the damper would not slide!
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2" of who knows what - far right is the grease drain hole but it was long ago plugged up!


The inside will end up being very close to new. I knew I was removing all the "seasoning" but this pit needed it removed and will easily be re-seasoned with a few pork butt cooks.
Next up was the grates and heat diffuser. For this I used an internet trick that says to place them in a large black garbage bag, add vinegar and ammonia, seal the bag and let it sit in the sun for 24-36 hours. I did not think it was going to work but it really did remove the bulk of the grease and burnt on junk! Finished with a trip to the local coin power wash station (don't tell them :) ) and finally a few minutes on each with a SS brush. Pictures on the results later!

Now that the inside was taken care of it was time to focus on the outside! Time to take every nut and bolt (and rivet) out and separate the body from the cart.
My smoke shack worked well as a lifting beam along with some 5,000lb ratchet straps.
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Up up and away


This YS640 came with a factory silver cart and it was in pretty good shape once I cleaned it up.
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Before cleaning


I love the Yoder orange so I decided that I would use a removable primer on the factory silver cart. This way I can get my Yoder orange cart but in the future if I want to go back to factory silver I can by just pealing it off (again, more of a car/truck thing to keep things original but I collect trucks so thats why it's in my head to work like this)

Need more photo space so will keep adding to this topic

May 17th, 2018, 9:42 am
#2
* Abilene ** Abilene *
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Cart cleaned up and ready for primer:

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Clean cart - inside


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Outside looking good


Taping:
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Primer coat - it ended up with a bit more texture than I was expecting but I actually like it!
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Primer coat


Wheels were a bit rusty so I removed them and painted them in a grey galvanizing paint
Before rust removal and paint
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Before rust removal and paint


All removable parts were stripped off of the body.
The great thing about Yoder is that all those parts are stainless steel! This not only made it easy but is another reason this smoker lasts so long. All nuts, bolts, handles, etc were chemically cleaned, then manually wire wheels to bring them back to new condition.
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Stripped body

May 17th, 2018, 10:53 am
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* Abilene ** Abilene *
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Next on the list was the Yoder Smoker plaques on the front and rear of the cart.
Removed, stripped with my angle grinder and a wire wheel, rust treated and then primed and painted a nice gloss black.
I went to my local BBQ store and checked out a new Yoder so I could get some of the smaller details correct :)

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Before


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Ready for primer


Back to the inside
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Fire box and no sludge


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Heat diffuser


The grates are like new!
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Upper shelf

May 17th, 2018, 10:58 am
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* Abilene ** Abilene *
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Its all in the details...

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Damper handle


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Lid


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New rivets and cleaned up


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Painted wheels


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Controller


Completed project shots next...

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May 17th, 2018, 11:04 am
#5
* Abilene ** Abilene *
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And here she is - my newly restored YS640!
Cheers and thanks for reading my long post.
Dan

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May 17th, 2018, 12:14 pm
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* Wichita ** Wichita *
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Put me down in the impressed column!

Lot of work but boy it sure looks pretty. I guess for the fun of it...I would be interested in how much you figure you have into it?

As far as removing the build up inside... personally I prefer to not have someone elses grime or buildup, who knows whats on there and good move to kinda just start over.

Anyway, great job and congrats. I know a lot of pride comes into play when someone puts their personal touch into a build or rebuild.

May 17th, 2018, 12:35 pm
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* Abilene ** Abilene *
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westhemess1 wrote:Put me down in the impressed column!

Lot of work but boy it sure looks pretty. I guess for the fun of it...I would be interested in how much you figure you have into it?

As far as removing the build up inside... personally I prefer to not have someone elses grime or buildup, who knows whats on there and good move to kinda just start over.

Anyway, great job and congrats. I know a lot of pride comes into play when someone puts their personal touch into a build or rebuild.


How much I have in it all depends on how you look at it.
Materials are fairly minimal - couple hundred but my time is where the cost comes. 2 solid weekends of work, a day off work and a few afterwork hours!
Thanks for the kind comments, it was a fun project and I just completed a slow burn in to set the high heat paint so it ready to go!
Dan

May 17th, 2018, 1:30 pm
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Thanks for taking the time to post this. We are reviewing it for inclusion into our YS blog.

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June 17th, 2018, 8:18 pm
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* Abilene ** Abilene *
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Wow!!! Very nicely done. Very impressed. The food will taste that much better for all of your efforts!

July 24th, 2018, 1:34 am
* Abilene ** Abilene *
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