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Unread 11-30-2012, 11:31 AM   #1
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ok, this is a long story. a little while back i was having a garage sale. had all my grills and smokers out front of the house. i posted everything on craigslist and posted signs around the block. i was cooking riblettes and abts on my mak 2 star for the ppl showing up. well it was a good day. i sold both my 1 stars, weber kettle & weber Q, WSM and traded for my drums. a guy came over and asked if the food he was eating came off the mak 2 star. yeap. he said how much for it? its not for sale sir. once again he asked how much? sir, its almost 3 years old and i paid 2K for it. so if i had to put a price, ummmm. $1500. i told him how much a new one cost and said he should get on of those. well, he left. i was cleaning up and he shows up w/ a truck and a envelope. $1500 in it. damn. so i helped him load it up. :'( i gave all the money from everything to wife. she was happy because i only had a SRG, 26 weber kettle and a 18 WSM. a week when by and my wife asked where was the 2 star. i sold it by accident. more :'(. she laughed a little then told me to go and buy whatever pellet grill i wanted. i did alot of research on alot of pellets grills. i thought long and hard about the fast eddy pg500/1000, memphis advantage, yoders and the maks. i talked to alot of my friends here from the forum for input. i decided to go w/ this.

got her decked out w/ all the goodies.

got the new pellet boss. works great.

stuff to go w/ it. skillet, 2 1/2 racks for the bottom of the grill and a 1/2 upper rack.

got a full hopper. lets fire this baby up.




ran her on high for 1 1/2 hours then 350 for 1 hour then smoke for 1 hours. she's broke in. making pig candy today. no bad juju for sparky.
ok, ya'll are probably asking why did you pick the mak 1 star #315 over all the other grills. well, i like the powder coat. easy to clean w/ sponge. stainless steel on the lid to the 2 star was stained and a pain in the butt to keep clean. powder coat for me. i like the pellet boss. in my opinion they is no better controller on the market. i like like being able to take the fire pot off and empty it. i have owned traegers, green mountains, memphis and mak pellet grills. i didn't like that the yoders from what i have gathered eats alot of pellets. i also didn't like that the fast eddys only have a 18 x18 smoker space. to small. i choose the mak 1 star. love it and w/ all the goodies i still only paid around $1500. my wife was happy that i didn't get the fec 100 (4k). maybe next year.
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Unread 11-30-2012, 11:47 AM   #2
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Looks like a nice one Sparky. Congrats!
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Unread 11-30-2012, 01:51 PM   #3
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Nice bit of kit!
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Unread 11-30-2012, 03:36 PM   #4
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Great choice, and congratulations . When I opened my BBQ shop, I also did a lot of research, and decided that the MAK 1 Star was one of the best pellet cookers out there, so I now carry them. I also had to purchase one to use at the store, and absolutely love it.
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Unread 11-30-2012, 05:13 PM   #5
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Congrats on the MAK Sparky!
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Unread 11-30-2012, 05:30 PM   #6
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It's too clean and you lost me at "easy to clean with a sponge".
Very nice cooker. Enjoy it!
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Unread 11-30-2012, 05:33 PM   #7
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Very nice!!!
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Unread 11-30-2012, 06:50 PM   #8
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Thats a good lookin smoker. congratulations
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Unread 11-30-2012, 11:28 PM   #9
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Come on Sparky, it isn't yours until ribs are cooked on it.
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I have many BBQ machines and I love my MAK One star as much as my wife (don't tell her). That is a seriously great cooking apparatus(the MAK, not my wife)!
Good choice.
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Unread 12-01-2012, 05:39 AM   #11
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Looks great!
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Quote:
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I have many BBQ machines and I love my MAK One star as much as my wife (don't tell her). That is a seriously great cooking apparatus(the MAK, not my wife)!
Good choice.

Didn't you post a while back that your MAK wasn't giving off enough smoke?
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Unread 12-01-2012, 08:35 AM   #13
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Looks pretty cool!
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Come on Sparky, it isn't yours until ribs are cooked on it.
thats so true jim. you know me to well my friend.
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Unread 12-01-2012, 01:41 PM   #15
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Congrats on the pimp'd out MAK sparky!

But you DO need to post rib pron !!
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