Like most large manufacturing facilities, Yoder’s factory in the US has a decently sized room where the shipping dock doors are located and where shipping pallets are built. Unlike most manufacturing facilities, however, a corner of their shipping dock has been given over full time to the testing of Yoder smokers and grills. Today they have some YS640 Pellet Cookers in the test bay.
Yoder use an eight-channel calibrated temperature data recorder to monitor what’s happening in the pit at various points of the cooking grate. As manufacturers, Yoder typically wants to know the same things a cook wants to know – how much a pit’s grate temperature deviates from side-to side, how long it takes to go from zero to cooking temp, how well a temperature is held once it’s dialed in, etc.
In the case of the pellet cookers, Yoder also has a companion piece of software we developed in-house that connects directly with a cooker and records a stream of data that gives Yoder a detailed look at the internal state of the cooker’s microcontroller as well the various physical components like the fans, auger, and igniter.
After Yoder finish collecting a run of data, they marry the cooker datastream and the standalone temperature data logger’s data together to get a coherent picture of of the overall run, which is when they can begin making intelligent decisions about new features or product lines.
Yoder have spent many thousands of hours in the test bay, ensuring that their products are the best that they can possibly make them, and that they are, in fact, competition grade.