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ebijack 03-07-2020 09:19 PM

I'm pretty sure smoke ninja will be borrowing the Mak this summer. For one of his party's.
Steve is already a pellet head... sort of. :shocked:

pjtexas1 03-07-2020 09:22 PM

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Originally Posted by rwalters (Post 4280786)
No love for the griddle? Man, I couldnít live without my griddle!

None! It's my least used cooker. Did I mention my wife and daughter swear bugs are jumping in the food as I cook? [emoji23]

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pjtexas1 03-07-2020 09:23 PM

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Originally Posted by rwalters (Post 4280828)
Not sure... I can see them just fine. I use Tapatalk... wonder if that could be it.

Do mine do this too? I'm also on Tapatalk.

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Sparky9 03-07-2020 09:41 PM

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Originally Posted by pjtexas1 (Post 4280878)
Do mine do this too? I'm also on Tapatalk.

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Canít see yours either broski.

pjtexas1 03-07-2020 10:04 PM

I did have the wifi disconnect twice today. It's 22 feet from the router with a brick wall and 1 interior wall between. It took a manual button push to reconnect. Then it was fine for 6 hours. Tech support is M-F only.

I tried really hard to get the hopper to tunnel. It didn't happen until there was less than half a pound of pellets left. Very good design! I think it beeped a few times. I'm guessing it was trying to tell me the pellets were low but it didn't display anything.

I used LJ apple on chicken and I could still taste smoke. It's usually a very mild smoke on my other pellet cookers. I cooked beef ribs with the hickory Mak sent. Won't know until later tonight if the smoke is better as I had to leave. It did smell awesome.

I cooked everything in pans. Next time I'll foil the drip pan and see which I prefer.
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...7b267269d0.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...b38b7f3ff1.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...50ac5b1d52.jpg

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Sparky9 03-07-2020 10:15 PM

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Originally Posted by pjtexas1 (Post 4280901)
I did have the wifi disconnect twice today. It's 22 feet from the router with a brick wall and 1 interior wall between. It took a manual button push to reconnect. Then it was fine for 6 hours. Tech support is M-F only.

I tried really hard to get the hopper to tunnel. It didn't happen until there was less than half a pound of pellets left. Very good design! I think it beeped a few times. I'm guessing it was trying to tell me the pellets were low but it didn't display anything.

I used LJ apple on chicken and I could still taste smoke. It's usually a very mild smoke on my other pellet cookers. I cooked beef ribs with the hickory Mak sent. Won't know until later tonight if the smoke is better as I had to leave. It did smell awesome.

I cooked everything in pans. Next time I'll foil the drip pan and see which I prefer.
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...7b267269d0.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...b38b7f3ff1.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...50ac5b1d52.jpg

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Interesting, please keep us posted on the WiFi. I almost bought it as well but decided I could always add it later if need be. I have a thermoworks smoke that works great around the house. If I decide to take a nap I can set one of the probes on the grate and set a low temperature alarm in case it shuts down.

alias_rice 03-07-2020 10:21 PM

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Today's hard work paid off. Probably the best brisket I have done. The smoke ring was pretty pedestrian, but the smoke flavor was strong.

rwalters 03-07-2020 11:38 PM

MAK Group Buy
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by pjtexas1 (Post 4280901)
I did have the wifi disconnect twice today. It's 22 feet from the router with a brick wall and 1 interior wall between. It took a manual button push to reconnect. Then it was fine for 6 hours. Tech support is M-F only.

I tried really hard to get the hopper to tunnel. It didn't happen until there was less than half a pound of pellets left. Very good design! I think it beeped a few times. I'm guessing it was trying to tell me the pellets were low but it didn't display anything.

I used LJ apple on chicken and I could still taste smoke. It's usually a very mild smoke on my other pellet cookers. I cooked beef ribs with the hickory Mak sent. Won't know until later tonight if the smoke is better as I had to leave. It did smell awesome.

I cooked everything in pans. Next time I'll foil the drip pan and see which I prefer.
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...7b267269d0.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...b38b7f3ff1.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...50ac5b1d52.jpg

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Interesting about the WiFi disconnect. Mine is way further with numerous walls in between. Curious... when you turn the MAK on, hold down the up arrow for about 10 seconds. Itíll throw you into the setup. Itíll also display the firmware version. What version are running? You should be running 3.44.

Goldenbear 03-08-2020 12:16 AM

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Originally Posted by KevinJ (Post 4276631)
Get the full size upper grate, the bottom grate is actually made up of 2 half grates, if grilling you can use the full size upper as your bottom grate (fits perfectly) and the 2 half grates as an upper grate. I do this quite often when grilling or doing reverse sears. For MAK 1 Star users you need to have the flame zone insert which come with the 2 grates that run side to side instead of front to back.

Late to the game here, but I ordered my 1 Star on 2/18, before any of this activity, and I ordered with the Flame Zone, plus a 3/4 upper grate. They sent me the Flame Zone, with its two side-to-side 1/2 grates, plus two more of the same half grates (total of 4), plus the 3/4. Serves the purpose.

pjtexas1 03-08-2020 01:10 AM

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Originally Posted by rwalters (Post 4280919)
Interesting about the WiFi disconnect. Mine is way further with numerous walls in between. Curious... when you turn the MAK on, hold down the up arrow for about 10 seconds. Itíll throw you into the setup. Itíll also display the firmware version. What version are running? You should be running 3.44.

First thing I did before installing the wifi module was check the version. It's 3.44. I think I saw a wifi timeout message once. The website showed the Mak still "running" but it wasn't keeping up to date and the Mak said "web control off".

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pjtexas1 03-08-2020 01:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Sparky9 (Post 4280891)
Canít see yours either broski.

Here's what I see. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/202...13dce95664.jpg

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kenrobin 03-08-2020 03:16 AM

My wi-fi hasn't worked consistently for the past few weeks. It usually comes back around after a few cooks & stays functional for several months at a time. I never get stressed over it... it's easy to set the temp from the Pit Boss and the loud audible beep that it makes when the setpoint is reached makes it simple to know what's happening. I don't see the wi-fi as a critical add-on but it is cool when it works.

rwalters 03-08-2020 08:52 AM

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Originally Posted by kenrobin (Post 4280929)
My wi-fi hasn't worked consistently for the past few weeks. It usually comes back around after a few cooks & stays functional for several months at a time. I never get stressed over it... it's easy to set the temp from the Pit Boss and the loud audible beep that it makes when the setpoint is reached makes it simple to know what's happening. I don't see the wi-fi as a critical add-on but it is cool when it works.



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Originally Posted by pjtexas1 (Post 4280926)
First thing I did before installing the wifi module was check the version. It's 3.44. I think I saw a wifi timeout message once. The website showed the Mak still "running" but it wasn't keeping up to date and the Mak said "web control off".

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Prior to firmware version 3.44, there was an issue going on last year w/ the WiFi module... timeouts/disconnects being it. MAK Grills really dialed things in with ver 3.44, and that has been noticed by every MAK Grills Mobile owner I have talked with over the past 6 months or so. It has been super stable. I would definitely encourage anyone that is not experiencing that to contact MAK.

If you do call in for support, Dennis is the one youíll want to connect with :)

Goldenbear 03-08-2020 11:47 AM

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Originally Posted by rwalters (Post 4279505)
This thread, IMO, has been a blast to watch unfold. Itís not over yet. Anyone else considering, or close to joining the MAK family? Just curious [emoji4]. As previously mentioned, I have never seen MAK do something like this. If youíre in the market, nowís the time to stop dragging your heels... lol.

Man, I pulled the trigger on a 1 Star 8 days prior to this thread starting. Zero regrets. They still threw me some deals, including a new tool holder for the 1 Star thatís not on their site yet. Happy happy.

Goldenbear 03-08-2020 12:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Eads Ranch (Post 4280847)
So who upgraded their 1 Star with the Flame Zone? Trying to decide.

+1

Versatility and efficiency. Love it.


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