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Old 11-14-2018, 08:04 PM   #1
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Whew - started putting together the new MAK 2 Star General - those things are built like the proverbial brick outhouse! Solo working right now for me - let me just say that lifting the body of the smoker onto the legs was a bit of a chore. The directions call for it being a two person job and I strongly agree - although I just did it alone. Then I hauled it up a short flight of six steps. Called it quits after that as it was full dark. I think that qualifies as my weightlifting workout for the day. I'll finish the assembly tomorrow. First seasoning a naked fatty on Friday evening.
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Old 11-14-2018, 08:17 PM   #2
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All that heavy lifting and not 1 pic?...sad

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All that heavy lifting and not 1 pic?...sad

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I needed 2 to put my Mak 1 together. I didn’t want to drop it!
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I needed 2 to put my Mak 1 together. I didn’t want to drop it!


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She's a one-winged General for the evening.
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I dropped my Smoke Daddy. Didn't even dent. The Mak should be good.

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Put my 1 Star together by myself don't think I would want to drag it up steps though, heck just dragging it through the yard to get it from the garage to the back patio had me huffing and puffing. I also cycle about 60 to 100mi a week so it's not like I'm out of shape. They are solid cookers for sure.

Congrats on your new cooker Dave, I think they're fantastic machines.
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Thanks Kevin. I'm looking forward to firing it up and using it a lot this winter! I'm impressed by the quality of the build. Heavy duty and close tolerances. Quality craftsmanship.
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Yikes! I bet there was a deep sigh of relief after that.
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Yikes! I bet there was a deep sigh of relief after that.
I thought i could take it down 3 steps by myself. I didn't empty out the innards. It leaned a little too much and everything inside shifted. Fell in slow motion...

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I thought i could take it down 3 steps by myself. I didn't empty out the innards. It leaned a little too much and everything inside shifted. Fell in slow motion...
They're heavy, ungainly beasts. Especially with everything loaded up inside. I took out everything that I could before trying to lift it or haul it up the steps. That's why it's missing the warming box right now. Ended up lifting it up the steps on a hand truck - and it still took everything I had to herc it up the steps.
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Oh man... soooooo close! Tomorrow’s gonna be a good day :)
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I finished putting the last bits of the MAK together this morning. At 15F those tiny little #6 3/8 screws and lock washers are hard to hold on to! It's running through the initial burn in. After that, I'll be smoking the traditional first fatty.
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Awesome!!! Man, 15° is cold (at least to us Northern California wimps!). Very much looking forward to seeing you put your MAK to good use :)
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