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Yoder Frontiersman II 30" Trailer

By Max Good

Manufacturer: Yoder

Yoder Smokers are built for serious backyard and competitive cooking and they have a great reputation for craftsmanship. The bodies of all Yoder offset smokers are built out of new 1/4" thick steel pipe and plate and have a lifetime guarantee against burnout. There are several sizes and types available to match the capacity and cooking style you want, and if that is not enough, they say they can customize any unit to your needs. Most of their units are offset smokers, with a side firebox, and the fireboxes have a removable cooking grate if you want to grill in them.

Yoder has a strong connection to the venerable Oklahoma Joe 1/4" pits, which is apparent in many of their designs. All sales are direct.

Yoder Offset Smokers

photo of yoder heat management plateEven though they are reasonably priced, these are most definitely not COS (cheap offset smokers) like  Char-Broil and Char-Griller. Although cheap offsets are notoriously difficult to cook with because they leak a lot and heat tends to build on the side of the firebox, Yoder offsets move heat and smoke from right to left nicely because the thick steal absorbs it and radiates it evenly. To help, Yoder chimneys are all attached to the end plate rather than the center tube to insure maximum airflow across all the food. To further help with heat distribution, they offer an optional "heat management plate" (shown at right). It is a heavy steel plate that deflects heat and smoke from the firebox down and towards the chimney allowing you to make hot spots and cool spots if you want. This deflector plate has holes in it so all smoke and heat is not redirected.

There are other options available. You can order counter weights for the doors on some models that make them a lot easier to open and close. There is a liquid propane lighting system available. Another nice option for the Wichita and the Durango and standard on all 20" and larger units is a built in pot warmer. This option is welded directly on top of the fire box and provides a flat surface to warm up sauces, a pot of beans, or whatever might need a hot plate.

Yoder Frontiersman II 30" Trailer

The Yoder Frontiersman II 30" Trailer is offered in three sizes. The one pictured at the top of this page is their mid-size 173" long, double door model. Yoder also offers a Frontiersman I 159" single door and a Frontiersman III 204" triple door version.  Frontiersman II has three 23.5" x 29.5" racks. All have 15" wheels, a slide out table, LP log lighter, grease drain and door counterweights.


$7,250 Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), actual price may vary.

Primary Function: 



Combination Grill & Smoker

Pig or Lamb Roaster




Primary Capacity: 

2,080 square inches ( about 102 burgers )

Manufacturer claims that all or practically all of this device is made in the USA


Review Method: 

Researched it from Afar

We have researched this product from afar by gathering info from the manufacturer, owners, and other reliable sources, with our BS meters on high.

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