Pros & Cons – Yoder YS480s

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I know that many users of our database use the pre-filter to browse all of the pellet grills/smokers currently made in the US, including models such as the Yoder YS480s. Its good to support US-made products, but it obviously comes at a close. Right, let’s review its Pros & Cons.

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One of the key features that draw people into the Yoder brand and the YS480s is that it is an American-made pellet grill/smoker fabricated from American steel.

The Yoder YS480s is one of the cheapest US-Made full sized pellet grills/smokers on the market.
If you want to support US manufacturing jobs, then the Yoder YS480s is one option to consider

You have certain pellet grills from Weber and Broil King, which were ‘US assembled’, but that’s not the case here with the Yoder YS480s, it’s a true ‘Made in the USA’ pellet grill/smoker.

With a price point north of two thousand dollars (check our database), unfortunately, the YS480s is at a price point many people cannot afford to spend on a pellet grill/smoker.

With price over two thousand dollars, many people cannot afford this pellet grill/smoker, even if they wanted to purchase it.
Spending over two thousand dollars on a pellet grill/smoker is just not an option for many people

The Pro of US manufacturing comes with the Con of a higher-than-average price point; that’s just how it goes, and it’s the reality of many consumer products today.

The Yoder YS480s is not only a pellet grill/smoker fabricated in the US, but it is also fitted with a PID/WiFi controller, which is engineered by a US company as well, FireBoard Labs.

The Yoder YS480s is fitted with a high quality and very reliable FireBoard controller.
The FireBoard controller on the Yoder YS480s features some of the latest and greatest hardware/software for temperature control

You will find FireBoard controllers on many US-made pellet grills/smokes, and for good reason, their technology is some of the best out there on the market.

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Reading owner’s forums etc, there are reports of users having some difficulty getting to grips with their Yoder. Though, I will note, many state they are also first-time pellet grill/smoker owners.

Some owners have repoerted difficulties getting to grips with the Yoder App.
The App provides a lot of information, it appears it’s sometimes too much information for beginners

The YS480s is not usually a pellet grill/smoker that I think of recommending to a beginner pellet grill/smoker owner (mainly due to the price).

Another benefit of the FireBoard controller fitted to the Yoder YS480s is the temperature range it offers, which ranges from 150 degrees all the way up to 600 degrees, which is a wide range by most pellet grill/smoker standards.

The wide temperature range on offer with the Yoder YS480s is one of its best features.
You won’t find many pellet grills/smokers that can go as low as 150 degrees and as high as 600 degrees

I should also note, as you can see in the image above, the YS480s also get direct-flame access with a removable section of the grease tray for excellent grilling/searing results.

The Yoder YS480s is made from thick steel, which will make it more durable than the average pellet grill/smoker and provide it with a longer lifespan, but it comes with a drawback.

The thick steel construction of the Yoder YS480s means it will take longer an typical pellet grill/smoker to get up to temperature.
Thick steel construction means there is more thermal mass to get up to temperature

As the Yoder YS480s does not feature insulated twin-wall construction, it means that there is a lot of metal to heat up before the cooking chamber is at a consistent temperature.

My Final Thoughts On The Yoder YS480s

You hear terms like ‘built like a tank’ thrown around all the time, so I’m not going to use that description for the Yoder, but yeah, its built from much thicker steel than the average pellet grill/smoker.

That choice to use a single layer of thick steel has its own Pros and Cons. Durabiltiy is a Pro, but increased pellet consumption to get it up to temperature is indeed a Con.

The YS480s is just one model in the Yoder range and just one of many US-Made pellet grills/smokers we now have in our database, which you can review through the link below.

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