information provided within this page are my
opinions of the product over time. It's best to
check back if your interested to see what my
thoughts are after I have owned and used the product
a while. The reason I say this is only allot of use
and time will tell just how well a product holds up.
I recently had the
opportunity to support Foothills Fireplace and
Grills at a BBQ show at the Enumclaw Fair grounds.
In doing so I was also provided the opportunity to
season and cook on one of Yoder's finest. The Yoder
Durango 20. This for a back yard smoker is one
mammoth smoker with a commanding look to it.
- Weighing in at 519 lbs. this smoker delivers
excellent heat retention thanks to its 1/4" thick
steel pipe walls. It's available in 16"
diameter and 20" diameter pipe. The model I will be
discussing in this review is the Durango 20 made of
the 20" diameter x 1/4" steel.
There is nothing
light duty about a Yoder smoker or fire pit for that
matter. The first thing one will notice is the thick
heavy build and the second is the great welds.
Beyond the precision welds and thick metal one can
look into the heart of the smoke chamber and notice
a heat management plate also made of 1/4" thick
steel with holes machined in it. Looking closer one
will see the holes get larger in diameter the
further away from the offset firebox. This is a
precision tuned pit and this optional heat
management plate is designed and tuned to control
heat distribution within the smoke chamber so heat
is evenly distributed from one end to the other.
Grease runs down off the plate and into the bottom
of the cooker where it continues on to a drain and
into a grease bucket.
The fire box is big
and contains rails and a removable grate so one can
not only smoke on the smoke chambers but grill over
the wood. fire if needed. I tested this by smoking
Rib-eye steaks low and slow @ 225 then during the
last 20 minutes I place the grate in the firebox,
let it heat up then seared the steaks for 30 seconds
each side on the hot grate for a nice finish. Oh my
god were those steaks good! Check out the video
below. Folks that sampled the steaks I cooked said
they were the best steaks they had ever had. And I
agree with them.