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dpends 02-25-2020 02:12 PM

Mak 2 Star Question
 
Hi All,

I am looking for a pellet grill to replace my Klose offset. I have gotten a lot of good years out of the Klose, but have gotten busy with life and kids and don't ever have the time to use it. My first attempt was the Weber Smokefire, which I will be returning to Lowes this weekend. I am now narrowing in on the Mak 2 star and the Pitts and Spitts 1250 - which leads me to my question:

My biggest concern with the Mak is capacity - I've searched for fully loaded pictures and haven't seen much. However, piecing together various pictures, it appears that it could pretty easily hold two packers (~15lbs) on the bottom and 4 butts (~8lbs) on the top with a full rack. Is that accurate? If so, that is probably as much or more than I would ever cook at a time (I typically do two butts and one packer for larger gatherings at our house).

I'd also appreciate input from Mak owners as to whether the wifi is useful or if you more often just use controls on the grill itself.

Thanks in advance.

rwalters 02-25-2020 02:36 PM

Mak 2 Star Question
 
Have had 20+ cookers go through my backyard over the years... gas, charcoal, sticks and pellets. My only grill/smoker today is a MAK 2 Star. Best all around cooker I have ever had. Yes, it will hold what you have mentioned. 4 butts on top, no problem. 2 average sized or 1 gigantic brisket below.

Hereís a pic of mine loaded down with 15 racks of St. Louis style ribs:
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...77dd7c317b.jpg

This was a mess of smaller butts with room for more:
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...7dc660d219.jpg

Hereís another MAK owner with 4 15ish lb. briskets (older MAK).
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...532bcad106.jpg

dpends 02-25-2020 03:06 PM

Thanks RWalters - that is very helpful and exactly what I was looking for.

Do you use the wifi?

Also, your pictures got me thinking about one more question - can you add the smoker box after the fact or do you need to do so when ordering?

rwalters 02-25-2020 03:20 PM

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Originally Posted by dpends (Post 4275866)
Thanks RWalters - that is very helpful and exactly what I was looking for.

Do you use the wifi?

Also, your pictures got me thinking about one more question - can you add the smoker box after the fact or do you need to do so when ordering?



I have the WiFi and use it for 100% of my cooks. It is solid.

The smoker box can be added at any point :)

dpends 02-25-2020 04:07 PM

Thanks for your help - ordered one from Big Pappa

rwalters 02-25-2020 04:14 PM

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Originally Posted by dpends (Post 4275884)
Thanks for your help - ordered one from Big Pappa



Dang, you donít mess around! Welcome to the MAK family :)

Did you create an account at BPS for their reward points? A 2 Star will easily score you enough points to get a free accessory. And those MAK accessories ainít cheap.

dpends 02-25-2020 04:18 PM

Thanks. I've probably actually taken way too long to make the decision :) Been debating with myself for a week.

I did create an account and got the rewards. I wish I had thought of free accessories before ordering the door and shelf.

WBDubya 02-25-2020 04:18 PM

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Originally Posted by dpends (Post 4275884)
Thanks for your help - ordered one from Big Pappa

You'll love it!

rwalters 02-25-2020 05:12 PM

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Originally Posted by dpends (Post 4275888)
Thanks. I've probably actually taken way too long to make the decision :) Been debating with myself for a week.

I did create an account and got the rewards. I wish I had thought of free accessories before ordering the door and shelf.


Besides the door and shelf did you order anything else?

Shadowdog500 02-25-2020 05:32 PM

What is the length and with of the cooking grate?

You should be a MAK salesman!!

rwalters 02-25-2020 05:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Shadowdog500 (Post 4275911)
What is the length and with of the cooking grate?

You should be a MAK salesman!!


22x19.5Ē. Not big, but with the pill shaped lid, you can fit a TON of protein under the hood. Iíd love to work for MAK... great product/fantastic company :)

Av8er 02-25-2020 05:43 PM

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Originally Posted by rwalters (Post 4275855)
Have had 20+ cookers go through my backyard over the years... gas, charcoal, sticks and pellets. My only grill/smoker today is a MAK 2 Star. Best all around cooker I have ever had. Yes, it will hold what you have mentioned. 4 butts on top, no problem. 2 average sized or 1 gigantic brisket below.

Hereís a pic of mine loaded down with 15 racks of St. Louis style ribs:
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...77dd7c317b.jpg

This was a mess of smaller butts with room for more:
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...7dc660d219.jpg

Hereís another MAK owner with 4 15ish lb. briskets (older MAK).
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...532bcad106.jpg

How do you handle all the grease when cooking that amount? I have a one star and the grease catcher would be way to small for that amount and would overflow.

Shadowdog500 02-25-2020 05:58 PM

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Originally Posted by rwalters (Post 4275912)
22x19.5Ē. Not big, but with the pill shaped lid, you can fit a TON of protein under the hood. Iíd love to work for MAK... great product/fantastic company :)

Thanks! I usually do full slabs of ribs so that would be two full slabs per shelf or 8 full slabs total.

4ever3 02-25-2020 06:13 PM

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Originally Posted by dpends (Post 4275884)
Thanks for your help - ordered one from Big Pappa


Good call, when the time comes this spring it will be a MAK 2 Star sitting on the patio...

rwalters 02-25-2020 06:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Shadowdog500 (Post 4275926)
Thanks! I usually do full slabs of ribs so that would be two full slabs per shelf or 8 full slabs total.



Or get 2 of MAKís rib racks and do 8 per grate. Maybe 6 if they are monster slabs. So at least 12.


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