Yoder Frontiersman II 30" Trailer Review

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Large double door, offset barrel horizontal smoker on a big trailer with two large wheels. There are storage compartments in the trailer front.
Frontiersman II 30" Trailer

The Yoder Frontiersman II 30" Trailer is a heavy duty traditional BBQ offset smoker 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" cooking racks. All have 15" wheels, a slide out table, LP log lighter, grease drain and door counterweights.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price: 
$5,759
Primary Function: 
Grill
Smoker
Combination Grill & Smoker
Pig or Lamb Roaster
Fuel: 
Charcoal
Logs
Primary Capacity: 
2,080 square inches
Made in the USA: 
Yes
Review Method:

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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 made from 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. They also make a variety of quality pellet smokers.

Yoder Offset Smokers

Even 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". 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.

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